There are elements of the church that should never change. We should always come together to worship. We should always come together to devote ourselves to a deeper understanding of what God has revealed in His Word. We should always come together to encourage one another on this challenging and awe-inspiring journey called life!
...let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more, as you see the day drawing near. (Hebrews 10:24-25)
Having said that, the church has been adapting to the culture around it for thousands of years. The early church met in homes because that is all they had. In years gone by, there were no computers, no internet, no social media (many of you may long for those days). Today technology is simply part of our reality. The internet has been the source of much pain via its ability to unite fallen humanity in ways we would never have dreamed possible. The world and its values, its false views on life and its never-ending lust for more, has found a willing partner and advocate in this new cyber world. But we too can harness this new technology in making Jesus famous around the globe. We at Church at the Red Door have embraced rather than shunned these technological advances in aiding a very diverse and complex calling. For these reasons and others, we may look a little bit different than anything you have experienced before. How so?
We have a very fragmented community, in the sense that many of our core group live here only a portion of the year. The internet is going to keep us connected in ways we could never have imagined 20 years ago.
We have chosen to limit announcements to maximize our time together.
We have chosen a style of worship that embraces the needs and tastes of both young and old, insuring that we remain connected generationally. Different? Yes! Exciting and prayerfully Spirit-led? We believe so!
We won’t be “passing the hat.” Giving will be part of our lifestyle, but done in less public ways.
Communion will be a time of worship and prayer, available periodically during the week as we come together “off campus.”
We will hold to our MTT pattern on Sunday mornings: Music, Teaching, Testimony. We plan on worshipping every week, teaching every week, and hearing some testimony of what God is doing in the lives of both our people and others around the world.
We are a “partnered “ church. We will have influence and be influenced by ministries around the globe. If our folks are going to impact the world, we should be constantly nourished on news of kingdom expansion in all parts of God’s earth.
We are engaged in the community. We seek to be an indispensible part of the Coachella Valley. We want to serve and make our valley a peaceful and gracious place to live. The Apostle Paul called it a “sweet aroma.” Look: “And seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you.....and pray to the Lord on its behalf; for in its welfare you will have welfare.” (Jeremiah 29:7)