So Simple Anyone Can Do It (which is precisely the point)
We are the church.
After the arrival of Jesus….
After the life and teachings of Jesus…
After the floggings, beatings and crucifixion of Jesus…
After the conquering of death and resurrection of Jesus…
After the great commission and ascension of Jesus…
…the Church was born.
It was Jesus’ idea all along, it was his plan from before the Beginning, it was his heart’s desire to assemble unto himself a people from among all the nations who called upon his name and trusted in his Lordship. The Church is simply that–the people belonging to Christ.
We are the Church.
But ‘how’ are we to “Church?”
In the book of Acts, Luke, an early follower of Jesus, tells the story of the days immediately following the life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus. These are the days when men and women were first hearing of the Gospel; the good news that “Jesus Christ is Lord.” These are the days that the promised Holy Spirit was being poured out from Heaven with power as a testimony to grace and truth. These are the days that communities of faith were coming together to celebrate the “risen Lord” and to follow in the footsteps of Jesus. These are the days of the beginning of the Church.
In chapter 2 of Acts, Luke records the first sermon ever preached after Jesus’ life on Earth. In response to this sermon, an estimated 3,000 people were baptised into Christ and were added to the 120 disciples Jesus had just commissioned as his witnesses to go out into the world with the Gospel. That day the Church exploded on the scene, but it’s what they did next that would define them.
“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as they had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favour of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” –Acts 2:42–47
You can do that too!
Here’s the beauty of what you just read… it’s so simple anyone can do it! And that’s the point! The Church is for anyone and everyone. Even a child could replicate what the earliest followers of Jesus practiced. Which, again… is the point!
- Invest in the word of God, and to being united with one another (aka. “fellowship”) and to prayer
- Celebrate the Lord’s Supper together (they called it “the breaking of bread”)
- Spend time together often, share meals and possessions generously
- Enjoy the blessings of Heaven… on Earth
Simple, right? Right.
Keeping it simple? Well, that’s the hard part.
A church consisting of these qualities doesn’t seem like much, right? That’s the best part of all: God loves doing GREAT things with very little.
This is the Church at its best.
At its simplest.
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