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Devoted To Relationships

Posted: Wednesday, June 5

Pastor Tom Murray // Missions &amp; Christian Education Pastor

Pastor Tom Murray // Missions & Christian Education Pastor

June 5 Readings:

2 Samuel 23:24-24:25
Acts 3:1-26
Psalm 123:1-4
Proverbs 16:21-23 

Click Here For The One Year Bible Reading Guide

Verse of the day:

And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had.  Acts 2:44 (NLT)

In the very first days of the early church, it became clear that pursuing Christ is supposed to be done in community.

Acts 2:24-27, lays out what this looked like for the first followers of Christ.

These people were committed to learning about Jesus, eating meals, praying, sharing possessions, worshipping, and putting the needs of others above their own.  They did all of this together with a heart of "great joy and generosity” (Acts 2:46 NLT).

As a result, “each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved” (v. 47).

When believers lived passionately in community, others joined.

We often about talk about anticipating opportunities to share the hope we have in Christ (2 Timothy 4:2, 1 Peter 3:15) and inviting those outside of relationship with their Heavenly Father to church.  Those around are paying attention to what you say.  They’re also paying attention to what you do.

For the early church, a strong community was the outside evidence of the inside new life in Christ.  Outsiders saw what was happening and said, “I want to be part of that.”

Here’s the challenge, what is something simple you can you today to elevate your relationships with other believers?

Set a date and time for that “let’s get together sometime” lunch.  Call that friend who is going through a difficult time.  Offer to babysit so that crazy busy couple or single parent can catch a break.  Take the first step toward hosting the home group or coffee shop Bible study that’s been on your mind.  Offer a few hours of your Saturday to help your buddy with his home improvement project.  Join a Reach Team.  Donate to someone else going on a Reach Team.

No one can do everything.  But, we can all do something.