Imagine what it must have been like to have been a part of the first gathering of Christians, just after Jesus sent his Spirit?
The book of Acts tells us that
“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” (Acts 2:42)
They were passionate about hearing the Bible spoken and taught.
They were energetic in giving money and possessions.
They were focused on sharing together in meals.
They were passionate in prayer.
These four things were at the heart of their church, and these four things are also at the heart of our church.
We thank God that we are a church that also deeply loves God’s word, that is generous in partnership with each other, that loves to eat and drink with each other, and that is passionate about prayer.
And yet as we continue to grow, we will encounter challenges.
So, let’s keep being thankful to God for all that he’s done for our church and for our people.
Let’s continue to offer ourselves for leadership, as we serve in the ever-growing ministries of our church.
Let’s keep on being financially generous, as we grow our giving to provide for ministry locally and globally.
It’s great to be part of this church, and in God’s strength, and for his glory, our best years are ahead.
And we pray that in our church it would be as it was in those first days of the early church, where:
Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favour of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. (Acts 2:46-47)