They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Acts 2:42-45
In the book of Acts, Jesus leaves the scene and the disciples of Jesus have to navigate how to live out their faith through the empowering of the Holy Spirit. During this disorienting transition, Jesus’ followers prioritize a few things. First, they keep teaching from the teachings passed down from the apostles. Second, they band together by showing up to fellowship over a meal. Third, they pray.
This is a beautiful reality. In a season of disorientation, this community fights for connection and remains committed – to the Word of God, their family of believers, and to prayer. The text goes on to describe how they share a common mission and everyone contributes to the cause. It seems participation and contribution follow their commitment to the mission.
South Fellowship Church is also in transition and our desire is to remain true to our mission to help people live in the way of Jesus with the heart of Jesus. We are committed – to God’s Word, to banding together as a fellowship of believers, and to prayer. Out of this, our heart is for people to raise their hands and join us on this mission – to step up to participate and contribute to what God is doing through our local church body.
A community banding together around a common mission can become the key to navigating transition territory. How have you seen the benefits of community during major seasons of transition? Take a moment today to write a note to someone in our community to thank them for their participation and contribution that is helping us stay banded together.
By Yvonne Biel