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The Key of Bonding: Dine Together


“And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts,…” Acts 2:46 ESV.

“So then, my brothers and sisters, when you gather to eat, you should all eat together.” 1 Corinthians 11:33 NIV

This “eating together” is not unusual for some, especially with friends and coworkers. On the other hand, it is a very big thing for some. In the hustle and bustle of our everyday life, we find it hard to have a meal together with family. People take two or three jobs to provide for their family. In some families, spouses take jobs in two different shifts. Husband taking job at night shift while wife working on second shift allows them to watch kids at home. When was the last time some of you had dinner together with your family? It was most likely the weekends or holidays for some! Dining together is a very special ritual for my family. My parents always expected all four of their children to come eat with them every day. That was something special I still cherish; our conversation, sharing bit and pieces from our everyday life, and planning for things etc., was big part of our family. The Bible also highlights about the significance of eating together. In the ancient Jewish culture, coming to table and eating together was a matter of spirituality. It required them to keep the Old Testament dietary laws and also maintain table etiquette by staying ceremonially clean. Without going into the details of dietary laws of the Bible, let me explain why we should dine together as a family or church small-group.

1) Getting to Know Each other Food or hard liquor, they are somehow more appealing to people and thus bring people closer. We can see how quickly food or drink can turn perfect strangers to connect and relate to each other as if they had known each other for ages. When we invite someone or go with a group to eat together, we talk. Don’t we? As we talk, we also start opening up. That helps us to know about each other. Knowing each other is important to bond in a relationship, thus it fosters warmth and sense of belonging. It also helps a new member of the group connect to the core group members. I see the invitation to the table as a genuine effort to know them personally. Knot

2) Strengthen Communication Communication is vital in every relationship. As we come to eat together, we may talk on wide varieties of topics that interests people in the table once we get to know each other. Everyone in the group can be asked about their input on certain things or simply carry casual conversation. Next, getting to know each other also helps us to open up more and communicate about ones well-being. When we listen to each other or show interest in someone’s story, it demonstrates that the person is valued and his or her ideas or opinions do matter in the group or family. Honest communication can be very meaningful to strengthen the relationship in a family or church small-groups. When we are open to talk, we can express ourselves and accordingly plan things for the best interest of the group. Eating together now means we are not merely communicating ideas in the table but also learning from each other at the same time. This can be a unifying experience for all involved members of the small-group.


| Eating together can be a head start to begin to know someone and garner relationship that is built on trust and carried on by honest communication which promotes sharing with each other.|


3) Strengthen Relationship Eating together can set a tone for carrying out meaningful conversations. Opening up and communicating graciously and honestly builds up each other and overcomes division and rifts if ever existed. It brings healing to the broken hearts, renews and strengthens relationship. Eating together just gives you the sense of intimacy. To have this sense of gratitude and belonging in the group is to have a confidence in members of the small-group. In this sense, we hold each other accountable.

4) Promote Sharing Ministry is a teamwork. Any group that maintains healthy relationship with group members, communicate effectively and in clarity will most likely succeed in the mission or ministry. Sharing requires trust of each other in the group. Without having known each other and bonded with group members, people cannot merely share about their lives, issues, struggles or anything that’s personal. The level of trust in the group determines how much one is ready and open to share. Therefore, the idea of sharing your personal life and struggles with someone certainly requires that you can trust and count on the persons or group you are with. Eating together can be a head start to begin to know someone and garner relationship that is built on trust and carried on by honest communication which promotes sharing with each other. So, be sure to include others, since the Gospel narratives make known of Christ too many times around the table with bread and wine.

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Biblical Nuggets: Eucharist


Eucharist: From the Greek word eucharista (I give thanks), the term has been used in the Christian tradition to refer to one of the central rites of the church, namely, the ongoing commemoration of the last supper that Christ had with his disciples before his crucifixion or the commemoration of the crucifixion itself. As such, the Eucharist is a celebration of thanksgiving to God for the redemptive work of Christ. The term Eucharist (or Mass) has generally been used in Roman Catholic and Anglican traditions, while Protestant traditions generally prefer to speak of the celebration as the Lord’s *Supper, *Communion or “the breaking of bread.”


 

Stanley J. Grenz; David Guretzki; Cherith Fee Nordling. Pocket Dictionary of Theological Terms (Kindle Locations 504-507). Kindle Edition.

Monday Devotion: Celebrating Service


I became extremely conscious of my need to cultivate the Christian virtue of humility when I first went to the mission field. I met people who were different from my socio-economic background, traditions, culture, race, ethnicity, and language. Some were very humble than other Christians I met at that time, but some were too harsh that I felt literally nauseous to deal with them. However, I am compelled by love of Christ to love them and share the Word of God to them. It was not possible to deliver the message of justification by faith through grace of Christ unless I demonstrated the Christian character of humility while preach, distribute the gospel tracts, or sell the gospel packets and the New Testament Bible. Continue reading Monday Devotion: Celebrating Service

Monday Devotion: Celebrating Study


Suggestions for Further Reading of Celebration of Discipline

When we are going to cook some new recipe, first we read, then study about the recipe. We repeat it until we understand all the steps what it takes to be come a delicious dish. Second, we concentrate on what we read. Third, we comprehend it. Finally, we reflect on our comprehension when we cook. A delicious meal will be prepared to be served! The Discipline of Study also serves us in the same way. It surely helps us to know and analyze the things right and wrong and follow the right way. For example, if we do not know what it means to deny ourselves, we cannot understand the depth of fellowship with God and walking with him. Walking with him does not demand to walk with Jesus in flesh since he has been ascended to heaven for two thousand years. But when we study the Word of God deeply applying these four  steps: repetition, concentration, comprehension, and reflection, then we will be able to know what Jesus meant.
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Monday Devotion: Celebration of Prayer


Godly men know the significance of prayer in their daily lives. Throughout history, they showed it and lived it. They viewed prayer as the main course of their lives. Prayer changed their lives in order to stand for the ministry of the Word of God. Then, prayer became the key substance for transforming the world and lives of other people. People like Martin Luther, John Wesley, David Brainerd, and others had pure mind-set to set aside several hours for prayer. They knew that they would not be able to serve God if they did not spend time in prayer. Only prayer can boost up one’s passion to serve God.

Richard Foster commented on those godly people who lived their lives by prayer and faith. Their prayer life did not develop on its own but cultivated it as other habits of life. They spent time in prayer daily. Later, prayer became their everyday activity. They made prayer their lives. There is no shortcut to be a man of prayer in short period of time. It is an extensive process that takes a lengthy course to form a solid habit of praying.

Through the lives of these praying people like William Carey, George Fox, Adoniram Judson, John Hyde and few others, I learned the significance of prayer. They were not born with prayer; instead they gave birth to prayer in their lives. Indeed, their prayer lives might have started with a short but consistent prayer. Subsequently, prayer became the part of their daily lives later on. Continue reading Monday Devotion: Celebration of Prayer