When we think of community, the first thing that comes to mind is likely a group of people that have something in common. Jesus invites us into a deeper and broader sense of community, one that goes beyond linking people together by their common characteristics. Jesus moves us into a community that focuses on the relationships we have with Him and each other. Acts 2:42-47 gives us a glimpse into the community Jesus had in mind for His followers: “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. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”
Prayer: Lord God, our desire is to not only be part of Your community but to encourage and invite others through the love You have placed deep within us. We ask for Your continued help in showing us how we can more deeply connect to the love You’ve placed within so that we may strengthen the bonds we share in Your community. Urge us to move outward with confidence and compassion so that we may follow Jesus’ example and serve those in need. Amen.
Our Easter worship series, "Start Living," explores the power and promise of Jesus Christ to give us new and everlasting life.