From the Pastor:

Some people either hope or worry that the above passage is describing a communistic way of life, but that is reading modern politics into 2,000-year-old writing. I think that Luke, the writer of Acts, is describing a way of life that closer represents a family way of life. Isn’t this the way families are supposed to behave? We take care of one another, eat with one another, pray with one another, are generous with one another, and, hopefully, worship with one another. These are the signs that we love one another.

It is also a description of congregational life. This first congregation lived like one big, generous family. To be sure, they must have had their differences and conflicts, but these were overshadowed by love and generosity. They were such a model of this that outsiders wanted to join and be a part of this group. The love that existed in this group was visible to all.
Isn’t this who we want to be, a congregation that so loves one another that we want to be together all the time? Don’t we want our love for one another be so visible that others want to be a part of us?
If we want to grow, we need to stop worrying about the numbers and work at making the love of Christ visible. We can do this in a thousand simple little ways:

➢ Call someone and check on how they are doing; spend a little time with them.
➢ Compliment someone you see in church.
➢ Be patient with the children, they sometimes have a tough time sitting still.
➢ Show real interest in a visitor: what brought them here? What do they do or where are they coming from?

Too often we see visitors from the viewpoint of what they can do for us instead of what we can do for them, Remember, Jesus calls us to be servants, not employers of folk. Our job is to help new folks grow in the faith, not to throw them on consistory because no one else wants the job.

But most of all, we want to encourage ourselves to be generous of heart and forgiving of slights. Too often we hang on to the slightest of hurts and deprive ourselves of wonderful, life-giving fellowship. Generosity of heart means we accept one another, warts and all. We don’t tolerate abuse, but we understand all of us have our bad days when we are not as Christian as we ought to be.

Let us try to be the kind of congregation Luke describes in Acts. Let the love and joy we feel for one another be so visible that folks want to be in our midst and a part of the congregation.

Pastor Dave

 
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