Let’s admit it: church life can be difficult at times. Why is that? Perhaps it’s because living in community exposes our flaws and shortcomings. That is uncomfortable. Not to mention that at some point we will inevitably hurt others, and be hurt by others. Consequently, some of us have concluded that life is better lived with a bit of distance from other Christians. The rationale goes something like this: if I don’t get too close to others, I won’t be bothered and I won’t get hurt.
The problem with this type of thinking is that it conflicts with God’s plan for those of us who believe in His Son. When Jesus rescued us, He adopted us into a new spiritual family, which is the church. The local expression of this church family is the primary place where He intends for us to grow, develop, and use the gifts He’s given. Like any biological family, a church family can be healthy or dysfunctional. A source of joy and pride, or a source of discouragement and shame.
My prayer for Hope Fellowship is that we would be increasingly healthy, as God defines health. That we would, as a community, increasingly reflect the character of Jesus in all that we say and do. For this to happen, we must rely on the Holy Spirit’s power as God guides us through His Word. To that end, please join us this Sunday as we examine the healthy practices of the early church in Jerusalem from Acts 2:42-47. In this passage we will be challenged to “do church” as God intends, for His glory.
I hope to see you there.