When Jesus’ disciples band together in groups, what do they do? How do they relate to each other? What distinguishes who they are as a group? What do they do with their combined resources? What’s their purpose for being? What’s their mission?
In this scripture, it is apparent that our faith began as a movement, with minimal institutionalization. Through the course of history, the movement took on structure, professional leadership, and property. Sometimes it’s difficult not to confuse these structures with the actual purpose for the church. What is essential to being a church? What can we learn from the early Christian movement?
Prayer Thought: Ask God what is essential for your church to be, do, and become. If you don’t do anything else, what 3 activities must you do to fulfill your calling as a church?