The “New” Church

I’ve been drawn to the book of acts as I have been journalling recently, I feel that the “new” Church of the future looks very similar to the very 1st Church in the Bible.

In Mathew 16:18 Jesus says “I will build my Church and the gates of hell will not stop it”.

Whatever the season we find ourselves in, we can be sure that God’s Church will move ahead.

In Acts 2:42-47 we see the Church start!

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.

What were the main parts of the the very 1st Church and how can we be a part of that right now?

1. Teaching from Leaders

Let’s take time to receive the message on Sundays or Wednesday Teaching either live or at your convenience!

2. Relationships

Don’t stay “socially distanced”, make the effort to stay connected with friends, and one of the best ways is through a connect group – in person or online.

3. Communion

There is a power in eating together and communion.

That might be with your family at nights or joining us online on the 1st Sunday.

4. Prayer

Let’s pray each day and join the prayer team at 9AM every Sunday if you like!

5. Unity

Not everything is perfect right now, any parent knows that sometimes when you grow there are “growth pains”.

I want to encourage you to speak well of people and of course the Church!

6. Giving

Let’s continue to put God 1st with our tithes (the 1st 10% of our income) through the local Church.

Yuki and I also give another % towards an “offering”, other giving which may be to the Church or another project or ministry like Tejas Asia.

7. Meeting Together

Acts always mentions meeting “at the temple” and “in houses”.

For us right now that might b “online” and “in cafes”.

There is power in connecting with other believers.

8. Praising God

No matter what your situation, let’s give praise to God every day!

Put on some music, turn on the Spotify and get to God if you can!

9. People added to the Church

Every week people are being added to the Church!

In fact we are seeing more attendance, salvations and baptisms in this season than usual.

God is good and his Church will continue to go ahead.

Let’s make a decision to be a part of the miracle, and use this season to get back to the basics of the very 1st Church Jesus has committed to building!

See you in connect group or on Sunday for Church!

Josh & Yuki


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