A House of Light in a Dark World

Posted on May 9, 2012

A House of Light in a Dark World

Acts 2:42-47

42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 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, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

In Acts chapter 2 we see some classic verses about the early church. After Peter gives a message to the crowd about 3,000 people join the church! In verses 42 through 47 we see what that church looks like; people spending time together and sacrificing for one another. What really intrigues me is verse 47:

 …enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

I believe this implies they were well liked by people in the community who were not part of their church. I think the community was impressed by the love the church members had for one another and how they cared about the community around them. When a church show’s true love I believe it gives the world something to be attracted to. Obviously we don’t all get along all of the time but, if church members start spending more time gossiping about one another and fighting rather than showing love, who would want to come to such a place? You can find those traits all over the place. But a church that shows caring, sacrifice and unconditional love will become an attraction for people who are looking for something you can hardly find anywhere else.

Jesus said in John 13:35 “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another”

Listen to what Bill Hybels says about the church in his book entitled “Courageous Leadership”:

“I believe that only one power exists on this sorry planet that can (transform the human heart). It’s the power of the love of Jesus Christ, the love that conquers sin and wipes out shame and heals wounds and reconciles enemies and patches broken dreams and ultimately changes the world, one life at a time. And what grips my heart everyday is the knowledge that the radical message of that transforming love has been given to the church.”

“That means in a very real way the future of the world rests in the hands of local congregations like yours and mine. It’s the church or it’s lights out. Without church so filled with the power of God that they can’t help but spill goodness and peace and love and joy into the world, depravity will win the day; evil will flood the world. But it does not have to be that way. Strong, growing communities of faith can turn the tide of history. They can!”

“Don’t bother looking elsewhere. The church is it.”

If we really want to see more people come to Christ we not only have to reach out to people in the community, we have to build a reputation of love within the church. Let’s do our best to make the church a place everyone would want to come to, then we’ll see who God “adds to our number daily”

-Pastor Robert Brody

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