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Hey guys! I am honored that you would take the time to read this blog. I hope that what I have to share will be worth your time. You may ask yourself, "What's up with the title of this blog?" The title Siloam's Pool comes from John 9:7. There was a man who came to Jesus who was born blind. As Jesus and the disciples passed by the man, Jesus used this man's condition to teach an important spiritual lesson to his followers. Jesus affirmed that the man had been born blind in order that God might be honored through this man's life. Then Jesus said in a dramatic statement, "We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world." (John 9:4-5). He then told the man to go and wash in the Pool of Siloam. The name "Siloam" means "sent." The man went and washed and came back seeing. It is my hope that through this blog, that perhaps someone might see as a result of the truth that is shared here. I will do my best to honor your time. God bless!

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The Early Church was an Eatin' Church
July 5, 2011

          This week is the week leading up to our annual Homecoming celebration at Bethlehem and it has got me thinking. What exactly is Homecoming? I have to admit that growing up my church did not practice Homecoming celebrations. When the word was used, I thought everyone was talking about the Gaither Vocal Band. Also, the first church that I served on staff at did not practice Homecoming.

            For many, Homecoming celebrations are just a time to see old friends who have moved on to other places, hear a former pastor or staff member preach a compelling message, listen to some great music, and break out the Baptist bird, also known as fried chicken. All of these things are a part of Homecoming, but Homecoming should be much more than just these things.

            When I think about the church, my mind almost instantly drifts back to the first church in Acts 2:42-47. I’m not sure if you know this or not, but the first church was an eatin’ church. Now, they probably didn’t have Baptist Bird (they were on a Mediterranean diet) but they did have fellowship together. The Bible says this in Acts 2:42,


“And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.”


This verse summarizes what the next few verses elaborate on. The point is that there was genuine Christian fellowship that took place daily among the members of the early church.

 I have come to love Homecoming. I believe that it should represent what heaven will be like when all of the saints are gathered from every tribe, tongue, and nation to worship together at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb (Rev. 19:6-10). However, I also believe that this should be what our regular church meetings look like. Our church family should model our heavenly family. We should be more than just an eatin’ church. We should be a church on mission to bring more people into the true Christian fellowship of the believers. I hope you will join us Sunday, July 10 for our Homecoming celebration and join us each week as we worship the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. Let’s eat together!


On Wednesday, July 6, 2011, Matt Haywood said
Point taken. That could work as well. I guess if Blue Bird makes your church bus!


On Tuesday, July 5, 2011, Chuck Haywood said
Baptist Bird? hahahaha Thought you were talking about the Church bus! :)


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