A Church with a Heart for our Community

May 18th Wednesday

Greetings in the life-transforming name of Jesus Christ – THE Risen Saviour! What a beautiful morning in the Kingdom! I trust that you took some time this morning to thank God for “life” today, for bright sunshine, for blue skies, and refreshing breezes. Today I will be praying for you, asking Father to make His presence known to you in ways that you can experience personally and respond to.

This week, within the context of church-life, we pause to reflect on the experience of Pentecost Sunday…the Holy Spirit has come upon us, now what- so what? In pondering the ‘now what – so what’ I looked to Scripture and found what I believe is good response. In fact, I think that I will allow the response to guide my immediate ministry planning. I would challenge you to get out you Bible and find Acts 2:42 – 47, perhaps put a bookmark at that ‘address’ so that it can become an anchor pointNow that you have found it – read it a time or two allowing God to draw your attention to an actionable  personal response.

You are noting, I trust, that the ‘now what – so what’ is spending time with your Bible – learning, spending time with your Christian family, spending time in communicating with God, spending time giving praise to God on a daily basis, and spending time being a kind person to others. I think it is worth noting the emphasis on living with, enjoying, and ministering to the church family…it is called – “Body Life”! 

One of the teachings of Jesus was directed at a rich young man…you know the story – there are two great commandments, actually three…love God, love others, and love yourself. I know that it was directed to that young man but in the original context the instruction was a commandment to the nation. If we transfer that to the church, it makes a powerful teaching. As a church – love God, love your community, and love your church family – the body. Now, if you’ll remember – loving your community comes with a proviso…as you love the ‘body’. Jesus prayed that there would be unity, harmony, caring, and peace within the family of believers. I am believing that there is a need – to take the power of Pentecost and allow it to affect the body of Christ in general and the part of the body that we belong to in specific.

Something to think about – be blessed!