Week 39 Sunday

A Simple Church

Today’s scripture selection: Acts 1-2

Key Verses: Acts 2:42-44

We live in a world where the word “church” can evoke many images:

  • A great, ancient cathedral filled with the sound of a mighty pipe organ
  • A small missionary hut in the middle of some jungle
  • A “mega-church” where rock and roll and coffee served during worship gatherings is the name of the game
  • A quiet fellowship of believers who sit silently waiting for the Spirit to speak
  • A Pentecostal healing service, with people “speaking in tongues”
  • A building in the suburbs, where mini-vans pick up and deposit little ones for Christian “day-care”
  • An inner-city soup kitchen with cots for the homeless
  • A twelve-step group where addicts find hope
  • A political action group, striving for “social justice” in Christ’s name
  • A “seniors” group sharing stories and companionship

All can and do claim the name “church” in our modern world.

But every now and then I like to go back and reflect on what “church” meant in the beginning; shortly after Christ’s resurrection.  The book of Acts describes it this way:

“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.  Everyone was filled at awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles.  All the believers were together and had everything in common.  They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.”

It sounds so simple – so basic – so right.

I know we may never again experience church just that way.  The worldwide Church must change with the times – like everything else.

But it’s good to remember how it once was.  And, now and then, strive to be it again.

Prayer: Lord, call us ever forward to be your people, devoted to teaching and fellowship; service and prayer.  In your name, AMEN. 

 

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