Love Your Neighbor - A 30-Day Devotional Journey

DAY 28

DON’T JUST GO TO CHURCH, BE THE CHURCH

By Troy Campbell, Pastor of New Life City Church, Kansas City, Missouri

Pray

Lord, thank you for the life-changing power of your Word. Help me to obey your Word, so that my ways may please you and lead others to you.

Read

ACTS 2:46–47

Day after day they met as a group in the Temple, and they had their meals together in their homes, eating with glad and humble hearts, praising God, and enjoying the good will of all the people. And every day the Lord added to their group those who were being saved.

Reflect

The book of Acts narrates the explosion of the church. It is a documentary about the gospel of Jesus filtering out through the known world. If we could go back 2,000 years and take a snapshot of the church, it would require a panoramic view to see the widespread impact of the church in several regions within a short time.

Here’s why; the activity of the early church was never confined to four walls. Followers of Jesus went beyond their comfort zones to communicate the message of hope and healing for all – the death and resurrection of Jesus.

This gospel changed the course of history because believers in Jesus lived out their faith in the market place, among their family and friends, and even in the presence of their enemies.

As we examine the church in its infancy, we discover that God used ordinary people like you and me, and we get excited because God has not changed.

So what is true about the early Christians?

The believers gathered to pray as they anticipated an extraordinary work of God. They were empowered by the arrival of the Holy Spirit. Peter and the other apostles proclaimed the death and resurrection of Jesus boldly and fearlessly. And when we read beyond the verses for today, we will discover that the early Christians made other disciples exponentially.

What does this mean for us today?

This means we can be the church. We must move beyond our Christian enclaves, putting our personal comfort at risk. We must pray earnestly for God to move through us while we take bold steps to proclaim the truth that Jesus lived a perfect life, died on the cross and was resurrected as our Savior and Lord.

Respond

Pray boldly that someone will be added to the church today and then look for your chance to be the church.

Closing Prayer

Lord, please give me courage to move beyond a building to be the church.