Recently, we have been publishing a lot about how we are now providing the space for people to come gather at Northfield. But we are not here just to be an event venue out in Massachusetts. If you go back all the way to the early church, you will see this model throughout history. God gathers people to Himself, and He loves to create sacred space.
What “to gather” means
The word “koinonia” gets tossed around a lot in Christian culture, because it means Christian fellowship, not just between God but also with fellow believers. What makes this concept beautiful is that fellowship was not just the donuts after Sunday service. Fellowship lends to the greater good of the body. Gathering together for the purpose of communion between God and believers creates the sacred space for God’s truth to be spoken and greater redemption to occur.
So when we invite you to gather here, we are inviting you to retreat to a space that God carved out all the way back in the 19th century to fellowship together with the saints. Receive the blessings that history has provided upon this place, and enjoy the intentional space to delve into God’s truth.
In a day where technology rules, it is easy to miss out on the intentional time to gather outside of your weekly church or small group routine. We tend to do enough to get by, but that is not how God designed us. He destined us for authentic, life-changing relationship with Him, and we experience facets of that relationship with Him through others. People help prompt our hearts to have greater sensitivity to His spirit. Without intentional gathering, we miss out on the opportunity for greater exhortation, encouragement, passion, and wisdom.
We need to make clear choices and commitment to draw together and hear what God is doing. Staying stuck in the status quo keeps our hearts dull, and it is sure to deter revival.
What does it look like?
Perhaps the best thing is that God does not set out fancy frameworks we have to follow. He simply says, “Come to Me!” How we create the space to meet with God and experience Him together does not have limits. If you truly want to break out of status quo and experience that reigniting fellowship, you may need to challenge yourself though to get out of your comfort zone.
Instead of your tried and true coffee shop, maybe you need a place that will reignite your senses. Go somewhere beautiful- take a retreat out in nature. Go somewhere that makes your heart broken- go to your inner city and pray over the hurting. We tend to hold to a very safe version of Jesus and Christianity, but God is calling us out into the wild. We must gather together to wake up our souls and experience Him like never before!
There is nothing more precious to God than a great cry going up from His people, earnestly seeking His face.