Our MBCpm Gathering meets at 5:30am on Sundays in the Hall on the grounds of Morling College. It’s a casual, contemporary meeting of mainly students and young workers. Each week we finish by eating dinner together. It’s free of charge and everyone is welcome.
Why is gathering important?
From beginning to end, God gathers His people. In response to all God has done in love through the Lord Jesus Christ, Christians meet to appreciate God together, to look out for one another, and to encourage each other in faith and in living lives of worship to God. There are five main activities we that we commit to in our gatherings.
- Welcoming all people (1 Cor 14:20-25). God welcomes people. We want our Sunday meetings to be public gatherings that serve the community, providing an opportunity for anyone who wants to genuinely encounter God.
- Hearing from God in the Bible (1 Tim 4:13, 2 Tim 4:1-2). We know God only because He has made Himself known. We aim to give serious time to hearing the Bible taught and applied to our lives.
- Praying to God (Colossians 4:2-4, 1 Timothy 2:1-4). Trusting prayer is the primary way we express our dependance on God. We want our gatherings to be marked by sincere and heartfelt prayers that reflect God’s concern for the world.
- Loving concern for one another (John 13:12-17). We love others because God first loved us. We want our gatherings to express the generous and thoughtful love taught by Jesus, through honouring one another, speaking kind words, being faithful in service, and responding to needs.
- Encouraging each person to grow in faith (Col 3:16, 1 Cor 14). God uses us to build faith in others. We want our gatherings to be an opportunity for all members to use their various gifts to build up the church, and for each person to take steps forward in faith.
- Eating together (Acts 2:42, Romans 12:13, 1 Cor 11:23-34). Sharing food and drink together is a key expression of the inclusion and unity that God gives His people. We aim to share the Lords Supper regularly, and join around tables often.