Today at Covenant Keepers (a clergy conference) I am reminded of the Acts 2 church.

acts2-communityThe believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to the community, to their shared meals, and to their prayers. A sense of awe came over everyone. God performed many wonders and signs through the apostles. All the believers were united and shared everything. They would sell pieces of property and possessions and distribute the proceeds to everyone who needed them. Every day, they met together in the temple and ate in their homes. They shared food with gladness and simplicity. They praised God and demonstrated God’s goodness to everyone. The Lord added daily to the community those who were being saved.           -Acts 2:42-47

The church was not a place it was a people.  They devoted themselves to prayer, growing in faith, eating & hanging out together.  They worked to tune-in to the spirit of God, gave money & possessions to one another.  Wow.  It was a church that was deep in faith and on-the-move.

I pray that you will be determined to be this kind of church.  I ask you to find a moment of quiet and do an exercise:

  1. Read the scripture.
  2. Ask yourself, “What is God saying to me in the passage?”
  3. Sit with that question for at least a full minute.
  4. Read the scripture again.
  5. Ask yourself, “What wonders and signs have I experienced in my community of faith?”
  6. Read the scripture one last time.
  7. Ask yourself, “How can my church become more like this church?”
  8. Sit with that question for at least a full minute.

If leaders of the Hudson Church will spend time with this scripture we may just see God more clearly and, therefore, grow in faith and action!

Pastor Scott Carnes

I am the pastor at Hudson UMC