Refuge // Praying Church

If we’re not a church that puts prayer at the center of everything we do, then won’t have the connection with God that we need to accomplish His mission, His way.  For the last six weeks, we’ve been laying a foundational culture for Refuge.Church.  We conclude this evening with a discussion of Prayer.

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Refuge // Generous Church

In the New Testament we don’t see Christians implementing a mandatory tithe, just like we don’t see them sacrificing goats to cover sins.  What we do see is Christians being generous, not out of a command or obligation, but cheerfully according to their ability, and almost always the recipients of that giving is to the poor.

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Refuge // Non-Denom Church

One of our goals at Refuge.Church, has been to be a Church in which those who came from a variety of religious backgrounds, including none, could come together and worship.  We call this a non-denominational Church.  Is that going to make us doctrinally weak?  Just the opposite; a Church that is constantly going to God’s word to work out truth together. Is that going to be messy?  You betcha!

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Refuge // Functioning Body

Scripture tells us that God has gifted each of us with unique talents and abilities.  One of the things it means to partner with Refuge.Church, is a willingness to utilize your gifts for the good of the body.  This week, we look at what God has to say about the functioning body using Romans 12 and 1 Cor. 12.

Four Year Teaching Plan

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.   (2 Ti 3:16–17)

At Refuge, one of our core desires is to be a church that goes deeply into God’s word.   A church willing to ask the tough questions and challenge the religious status quo when it does not line up with scripture.

Our vision is to not just give a sermon on Saturday nights, but to help others experience God through His word for themselves.

Over the next 4-years, as a Church we will work through a large section of the Bible together (allowing for flexibility as current events or topics arise that need to be discussed).

2016

  • Late Summer // The Vision of Refuge.Church
  • Fall // 1 Peter
  • Christmas

2017

  • New Year – Easter // The Gospel of Mark
  • Late Spring // Acts 1-7
  • Early Summer // Poetry of the Old Testament
  • Late Summer // Jonah
  • Fall // Galatians
  • Christmas

2018

  • New Year – Easter // The Gospel of Matthew
  • Late Spring // Acts 8-15
  • Early Summer // Wisdom of the Old Testament 
  • Late Summer // Genesis
  • Fall // James
  • Christmas

2019

  • New Year – Easter // The Gospel of John
  • Late Spring // Acts 15-22
  • Early Summer // Poetry of the Old Testament 
  • Late Summer // Exodus
  • Fall // Ephesians
  • Christmas

2020

  • New Year – Easter // The Gospel of Luke
  • Late Spring // Acts 22-28
  • Early Summer // Wisdom of the Old Testament
  • Late Summer // 1 & 2 Samuel
  • Fall // Hebrews
  • Christmas

Gatherings

The first thing people knew about Christians is that they gathered together.  At the beginning of each week they gathered, Jew and Gentile, old and young, rich and poor, all walks of life gathered together and devoted themselves to the apostles teachings, to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.  Refuge.Church is committed to nurturing authentic relationships with one another through study, meals, and praying for one another.

Refuge // Restful Church

We live in a world were we can connect anywhere; which means we work everywhere.  We allow work to spill into every nook and cranny of our lives.  We stay so busy that we don’t have time to slow down to form deep relationships with friends, let alone God.

Our vision is to be a Refuge to the hurting and broken, but if we are constantly tired and exhausted, then church becomes just “another thing” we have to do.  This will eventually lead to bitterness, stress, and resentment … all of which is the opposite of becoming a Refuge.

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Why Saturday Night Church?

The vision of Refuge.Church is to be a place for those who do not currently have a church home.  We’ve found that many who are not in a habit of attending a weekly church gathering, find it difficult to create that new habit.

Our Saturday night church gatherings in Fort Myers work well for those who have busy schedules, those who work on Sundays, and/or those who want a true Sunday Sabbath (rest).