“Jesus works on us in all sorts of ways…but above all, He works on us through each other.”
There is transformative, life giving and community-building power around The Table.
It is no coincidence that time and time again, the Gospel narrative draws our attention to significant moments centered around a meal. The religious leaders of Jesus’ day used food as a way to oppress others. They used meals as a way to determine who was excluded. The “sinful” or poor were simply not welcome. Even the seating order around a table was determined by a person’s apparent worth or importance. In contrast to all of this, Jesus used meals as a way of including everyone (Mt. 9:9-11). His primary method of pursuing friendship with others was by gathering around a table and sharing a meal.
MESA: (Portuguese and Spanish for table) is the American English term for “Tableland,” an elevated area of land with a flat top and sides that are usually steep cliffs
The vision of Mesa Groups is to reclaim and recover tableland here in North Texas. We are called to do life in a deep and intentional way. With Acts 2:42-47 as our model, we seek to pursue real Christian community, believing that the Christian life is a journey to be lived out 7 days per week–a much more robust experience than merely a two-hour-Sunday occurrence. We will never achieve an abundant life on our own, rather it take a village.
We gather around one another’s tables to develop deep friendship and to share in our common life. Every Christian is called to serve and care for their brothers and sisters in Christ.
At the Second Table, followers of Christ are both the host and the guest. The participants are Jesus and primarily believers, although we leave open chairs for outsiders. Here there is an emphasis on family and being present to one another. Second Table offers an invitation to be known in deep friendship and to belong to a family.
As the body of Christ, we are now “taken, blessed, broken, and given” to a world that does not know God. This is how we go about God’s Kingdom mission.
The church does not exist for itself. We have a mission in the world. As disciples of Jesus we have a calling to both deepen our faith in Christ, while simultaneously sharing the good news of his grace and love with the world. We believe this mission is primarily pursued in community–we are sent together. At Church of the Resurrection, we believe our homes, back porches, and tables are to be the “front door” of our Christian community. This requires that we make intentional margin in our lives to be present to our neighbors and co-workers.