Living as the One Church

By Justin Morton

Last Sunday, we looked at what the Bible says about the one church. We talked about how the one true church of our Lord teaches the right things, lives the right life and worships the right way. While we often spend more time talking about what the church teaches and how they worship, I’d like for us to give more thought to how the church is supposed to live.

We noted last Sunday that one of the things the early Christians were devoted to was fellowship (Acts 2:42). Just a few verses after this we read about what their fellowship looked like. Notice, “And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts” (Acts 2:46). Not only did the early church worship together, but they spent time together outside the temple. They broke bread together in their homes. While I appreciate the time we have together before and after our services each week, this should not be the only times we are with one another. If we want to be like the early church, we must do what they did.

I want to challenge members of our Walter Hill family to purposely plan to spend some time with other members of our church family outside our times of worship each month. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, just invite some people over for a meal or make plans to go out after one of our times of service. Plan a play date for the kids or just go and grab a cup of coffee or sweet tea. If we do this, I believe we will see the same effects the early Christians saw: church growth in spirit and in number.