“And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts…” Acts [2:46]
What is the church? In the 21st Century, common images often come to our mind. Perhaps you think of a large building, or a stage with singers on it praising God, or about a pulpit with a preacher teaching the Word of God.
While these mental imagers are certainly a part of God’s church in our culture, the 1st Century church looked a lot different!
In today’s text, we see the early church as a group of people who followed Jesus, practiced their faith by worshipping God together, and regularly served the needs of one another. They shared food regularly with the family of faith. But this isn’t what most people think of when they hear the term “church” today. Conversely, if you lived in the 1st Century, you wouldn’t think of a building, a worship team, or a preacher. The church was the people of God living out their faith in real and sacrificial ways.
Throughout this week, our devotionals will focus on what it looks like for God’s church to commit to a life of service. We’ll examine ways that we can evaluate if we are a church that is living and serving as God intended?
Heavenly Father, please help me see that the church is more than a building, more than an activity, and more than a message. Help me to be a person who deeply loves your church. Allow me to help my church always be a place of authentic worship, genuine gladness, and service. Amen.