Daily Devotion, 5-25-2020 - Why Church?

Pastor: Connie Belmore

Devotion: May 25, 2020
Reading: Acts 2:42-47
Why Church?

Over the past several weeks we have been exploring and participating in worship in new and different ways as we navigate through COVID-19 together. Many of have been pushed outside of our comfort zone when it comes to the use of technology as a means of sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. Whether we’ve been pushed to hold meetings using Zoom or Google Classroom, or livestream or record sermons for the first time, or attend small groups or Bible study on-line, in some way we have been stretched to try to enjoy fellowship, worship and studying God’s Word, together as the family of God.

Acts 2:42-47 has become one of my favorite passages over the past few years and describes for us the essence of church. This passage reminds us that church has nothing at all to do with location and much more to do with the people who make us the body of Christ --- church. The passage begins with the word “they” referring to a large group of 3,000 people who have just heard a message of salvation preached by Peter, were baptized, and now have begun to fellowship together. Fellowship as defined in this passage means “friendly association with shared interests”. Their newfound interest is building a relationship with Christ. Today we would refer to this as a life group or small group. The functions of these groups in addition to fellowship was to teach (and learn), break bread and pray. They evidently were still in touch with the apostles (preachers) and shared in each other’s lives in what would today be considered radical ways. They sold their property and possessions to give to ANYONE in need. They did still attend church (went to temple EVERY day). They did all of these things together and with glad and sincere hearts. The result: the Lord added to their number.

Although we have not been able to gather over the past few weeks, we have been given opportunity to reflect on and consider what life would be like without church… the people with whom we fellowship, teach and learn, share ourselves in spirit and to meet physical needs. If we never had church again, what would we miss. Well, according to today’s passage, the fellowship of believers with glad and sincere hearts leads to an increase in the number of people who come to know Jesus. When people see something exciting going on in you and I, they are going to wonder what gives you that glad and sincere heart which opens a door of opportunity for us to share the good news of Jesus Christ and what it means to be a part of the body of Christ (church). When we are able to gather once again with all precautionary measures in place, let us re-enter our time of fellowship together with new perspective about just how important the Church is… it is all about how we live, love and learn together… and how the excitement of this through our actions, words and deeds adds numbers daily to those being saved! Isn’t that what church is all about? Let’s decide today to come back to church with the perspective of the people described in Acts 2:42-47…people who give to ANYONE in need (without question) and who worship EVERY day whether at church or at our jobs or at school so that others may see Jesus in us.

 

Dear God, thank you for establishing church with your Son, Jesus, as the head and with us as Christians, the body. Help us to be an Acts 2 kind of church whose purpose is to add to the numbers of those who have come to know Christ through fellowship, teaching, generosity, hospitality, prayer and repentance. We give this to you in the name of Jesus. Amen.

 
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