Uncommonwealth: Uncommon Love - Thursday
They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity - all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.
One of the greatest joys is being around a new believer! In Acts 2, we see new believers sharing their faith with those who did not know Christ. Evangelism, sharing the Good News, was spreading and expanding the early Church. People could see the life change. And, the church grew.
A highlight for our family has been walking with our son’s friend, Ian. Their family has become really special to us. Ian was diagnosed with a grave condition a while back and was miraculously healed. The doctors and nurses were shocked by the results. While in his MRI, he felt someone touch his foot and he asked his mom if she touched his foot. She said, “no I didn’t.” It happened again, and she said, “It was not me.” Then he heard the words, “You are going to be okay.”
I remember them coming over to our house that night and we cried, prayed prayers of joy, and cried some more! Ian had such a hunger for the things of God. We kept watching him take steps in his journey and the biggest step came while he was at the CIY Student Conference, MOVE, this summer. While there, he made the decision to get baptized and ask Jesus into his life. So we all gathered at the pond to celebrate his decision in the waters of baptism this summer.
We can see how the Lord added to the early church those who were being saved and we still see this today! We want to be a church that “generously extends hope” in any way. We want to be a church that embodies the love of Jesus and points others to Him. Who is in your sphere of influence? Who is someone you can be praying for?
- Check out our Local/Global initiatives -- who can you serve with the love of Jesus?
- Pray for our Church to continue to be a light and a messenger of love.