June 10, 2020

Simply Beautiful

The past two Sundays Wellspring has met outside, and it’s been simply beautiful! Under the shade of massive green trees, we had a message, worship, and ministry, but without any of our slide presentations, videos, sound systems, or amplifiers. We didn’t send the children to a separate space for a separate lesson. Everything was completely barebones, relaxed, refreshing, and inclusive. We included the children by having them read scriptures; and in worship there was space for those who needed to move a little bit, but everyone was so plugged into the loving presence of Father God that even our busiest toddlers added to the joy of our corporate experience. Our youth facilitated worship on guitars and cajon (a drum box). In faith, people shared encouraging words with the group and with one another, edifying one another in the Spirit and with the Word. From youngest to oldest, each and every person experienced our Father’s love. AND IT WAS SO SIMPLE!

God has lovingly taken us back to the basics, back to our simple church experience. The word “church” just means gathering. We’re meant to be a gathering of spiritual family around our Spirit Father. We teach to grow, we worship to love, and we minister to bless. This is church that Jesus Christ demonstrated, for which He died to provide, and of which He is the head.

I don’t want to get distracted from what He is doing among us, this beautiful simplifying. And I don’t want to return to our previous normal. I feel a strong conviction that we’re not suppose to go backwards, and I’m continually seeking God for clarity about what that means. With that said, we as a church are being very prayerful about each and every step. The past two Sundays have been perfect outside, but meeting outside is a Sunday by Sunday decision as Texas’ summer heat arrives. Where are we meeting next? Where will we be this coming Sunday? I don’t have an answer yet. But as we all put our eyes on Father and seek Him and His way above all else, I am completely confident that He will simply lead us in the next step. And wherever we are, we’ll be the church.

His love is better than life!

Matt Neese
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  • 6/10 Deuteronomy 9, Psalm 12, I Chronicles 11, John 18:24-40
  • 6/11 Deuteronomy 10, Psalm 13, I Chronicles 12, John 19:1-22
  • 6/12 Deuteronomy 11, Psalm 14, I Chronicles 13, John 19:23-42
  • 6/13 Deuteronomy 12, Psalm 15, I Chronicles 14, John 20
  • 6/14 Deuteronomy 13, Psalm 16, I Chronicles 15, John 21
  • 6/15 Deuteronomy 14, Psalm 17, I Chronicles 16, Acts 1
  • 6/16 Deuteronomy 15, Psalm 18, I Chronicles 17, Acts 2:1-13
  • 6/17 Deuteronomy 16, Psalm 19, I Chronicles 18, Acts 2:14-47

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