The picture of the early church shown to us in scripture shows us that they loved each other, sacrificed for one another, sat down for meals together, crossed social, economic and ethnic barriers and met whatever needs existed–all to the glory of God. That is our vision at Redeemer.
We gather weekly for worship and fellowship on Sundays, but also throughout the week in smaller groups, called Care Groups, throughout the greater Houston area. As we meet, we think of Paul’s instruction to Timothy: “Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.” (1 Timothy 4:16)
I don’t know about you, but sometimes it’s a lot easier to read a book on theology or listen to a podcasted sermon (doctrine) than to love sacrificially by inconveniencing myself for others. But Paul says watch your life AND your doctrine. We know that we are not self sufficient Christians. We can’t trust our own assessment of our spiritual progress. We need other Christians. And we pray that as we gather in these small gospel outposts across Houston, that God’s glory would be displayed and that many strangers who are far from God would be brought home.