“And all that believed were together, and had all things in common” (Acts 2:44)
The early church flourished in the the face of much opposition. This was true because of many factors. This passage of scripture in Hebrews discloses three important ones that set the base for a growing church. First was a common belief. They believed in a life-changing gospel that dramatically set them apart in an unbelieving world. They believed in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Secondly they were intentionally together. They recognized that this life-changing gospel was best lived out in the context of time spent together encouraging each other in the mission Christ had given them. Thirdly They did this with the attitude of mutual sacrifice. All they had was yielded to those who were committed to that mission.
The last few days our Pastoral Staff has been on retreat. Together we celebrated the common belief we share. Together we prayerfully sought God’s leading. Together we intentionally got to know each other better. Together we yielded our wisdom, passion, and commitment to the ministry God has so graciously allowed us to lead. I am excited about what God has in store for our church, our city, and our sphere of influence in the days to come. I prayerfully anticipate a mighty movement of God through his people. Thank you for giving your staff these couple days to seek God’s heart. As we move on to the next chapter of our church’s life join us as together we impact our world through our God-given mission.
Personal Application: In what ways has your shared belief impacted your commitment to others and the mission Christ has called you to do?
Home Application: Share a time when a shared belief with others has impacted your sphere of influence in changing lives with the gospel.
Are you partnering with others in bringing the life-changing gospel to a needy world?
Devotional written by Chuck Davis