A healthy church is about being committed to each other through the hard, ugly, vulnerable, and weird. It’s when you get bad news and the first people you think to reach out to are the people of your church. Or when you receive good news and you can’t wait to share it with those who have kept you in their prayers. It’s about dedicating time for the church because Christ and the church are one.
“And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church,which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.” Ephesians 1:22-23
If you believe you’re a sinner and only Jesus can save you. If you’re committed to this small group of small, slow, deep, restful, organic, misfits at Refuge Church please fill out the form here.
What does it look like to be a SHALLOW church? What does it mean to be a DEEP church? For us Misfits, it means going deep into our study in God’s word, building meaningful relationships with each other, and serving deeply in our community. Let’s go deeper together!
Rest is kind of our thing. Restful people are more focused, mindful, encouraging, gentle, and full of grace. The work of the church will never be done so rest is mission-critical in order to succeed. What are some of your favorite ways to unwind?
There are several ways to tend your spiritual soil and stay rooted in the church. Whether that is studying the Gospel, loving your neighbor, or working in the community, your involvement is key.
At Refuge, we don’t have a staff and believe in growing organically, so how we grow as a church depends on you! When you feel called to use your time, talents, or ideas to help spread the message of God, reach out to us to get started.
Fast food is efficient, it’s reliable, it’s predictable and it’s incredibly unhealthy in large quantities. We desire to be, not fast church, but slow church because love, grace, compassion, mercy, justice and relationships take time to grow. We desire to be slow because we want to taste and see the complexity of God, not just our own salt.
Most churches aren’t yearning for a small budgets; small congregations, small spaces; but that’s the culture of Refuge. We will never have the best show. We can’t compete with U2; Hamilton; Disney World. Our weaknesses are evident as a purposely small church, and we see this as a calling and a gift from God.
This week we began a new 8-week series title Refuge.Basics. As we dig into the culture of our church, what better place to start than to explore why we call ourselves MISFITS. And as misfits, how that allows others to BELONG regardless of BEHAVIOR and BELIEF.
Before God created the turquoise waters of the Dry Tortugas; before God created the brilliant sunsets of SWFL; before God created billions of stars and human beings, He created WISDOM.
This past Saturday night we looked at Proverbs 14:15. Only simpletons believe everything they hear, but the prudent (the WISE) carefully consider their steps. As witnesses to the Gospel, we are called to share our good news with the world, but when we believe things which aren’t true and share those things, our sharing of the Gospel looks like nothing more than click-bait.
I’m a little late getting this posted, but two weeks ago guest speaker Scott Morrison brought us God’s Word from the book of Proverbs as he spoke about the importance of being in, seeking and trusting God’s will in our lives.