This week’s study takes us to Acts and the genesis of the Lord’s church. Most of us are familiar with the picture Luke paints for us in Acts 2 of God’s people meeting with each other, sharing their food with one another, going house to house with gladness in their hearts, etc. We know the early church wasn’t without problems, though. They dealt with lying (Acts 5) Prejudice (ch. 6) Martyrdom (ch. 6 & 7) and persecution (ch.8). We may have been led to believe that if we simply pattern ourselves after the early church and build a framework of practicing what they practiced we’ll have it all figured out. It doesn’t take very long to determine that the early church had it’s fair share of issues related to folks wanting their own way, people experiencing jealousy in regard to spiritual gifts (1 Cor. 12) and many other problems. The answer to finding a ‘perfect’ church doesn’t come from making sure we find a pattern in the New Testament and emulating it flawlessly. The answer to finding a ‘perfect’ church is for me to be more perfect. (Matt 5: 48; Colossians 1: 28). Being made perfect doesn’t mean I’m sin-less, it means I’m moving on to maturity in Christ Jesus. To be the church our Lord and Savior called us to be means we move closer to becoming more like HE already is. Live your life in such a way as to mirror the actions of your Lord. After all it is HIS church.
Have a blessed day and remember the One who gave it to you! Kevin
Kevin Lough is the minister at the Whitehall Church of Christ in Fairmont WV.