When we watch or participate in full-contact sports, there is a lot of rough and tumble. Fans and players connect in ways beyond more civil pursuits.
At Victory Church On The Rock we practice what could be described as ‘Full-Contact Church’. Its not necessarily a safe place.
We’ve had floods, both small and large. We have our share of the drama of inter-personal relationships.
We’ve had at least one broken leg during a church service and we have taken others to the hospital. Weddings, funerals, hardy handshakes, celebrations, warm hugs, caring smiles, and tears are a normal part of church. You hear the slap of high fives and grunts of approval as friendly challenges are carried out.
Angels have visited, Missionaries have been sent out, healings have taken place, prophetic words have been spoken, miraculous events have manifested, and lives have been changed. Sacrifices are made, and people are ministered to as we sow love into world.
Cuts, bruises, and bumps are not rare. We ‘lay hands’ on people and its not unusual to have people fall-out under the influence of the Holy Spirit. The Word is preached and lessons taught.
We are not unique in this as other churches could be said to practice their own version. There is even some internet discussion on an obscure subject referred to as ‘Full-Contact Christianity’.
Church is serious business but we can have fun; people run, dance, sing, shout and laugh. The Lord’s presence fills the church and presses in on the congregation. Sometimes there is an amusing hat and fireworks to help commemorate a birthday.
On communion celebration days; tables are rolled out, juice and large chunks of fresh baked homemade bread are distributed. People mill around, pray with each other, and talk.
There’s always something going on around the Coffee Bar and the Kitchen. The Nursery is abuzz. The voices of children and their teachers drift from the Sunday School Rooms, as the Worship Team fills the Sanctuary with music.
There are baptisms, church picnics, community carnivals, conferences, meetings, and fellowship events. And, when it comes to hard work, we don’t shy away – we know how to get it done.
Matthew 16:18-19 (NIV);
“And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”