This is How We Do It.
Sometimes how we do things is more important than what we do. In parenting, how we care for our kids can be more important than what we teach them. In relationships, how we treat people often speaks louder than what we say. In every sphere of influence we have, how we live may be more important than what we do.
If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.
–1 Corinthians 13:1-3 NLT
Love is how we do what we do. Love is how we demonstrate the things we know, the gifts we’ve been given and the faith we claim to have. Love is the how that gives action to all of the what religion knows.
Have you ever walked into a place and felt something? You get a sense for what people groups are about by entering into their spaces. There are even unwritten rules – like don’t put your shoes on the couch – that help you to know what’s important and what has value in each space. These are made up of 3 different things:
VALUES: the principles or standards of behavior; judgement of what is important in life.
ETHOS: the characteristic spirit of a culture or community as manifested in it’s beliefs.
OIKOS: the greek concept of family, family property and the home the family creates.
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
–Acts 2:42-47 NIV
Mosaic has it’s own values, ethos and oikos that create the culture we want to cultivate. It’s not so much about what we believe but how we live it out – that’s how we’re Becoming Church.
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