People want real community today and many come looking for it in the church. I’m not talking about just being friendly. Friendly is fairly easy to do…smiling face, warm handshake, a kind hello. Book after book has been written (and continues to be written) about individuals who are looking for real relationships…deep, authentic relationships. They are looking for relationships where there is true concern, compassion and deep caring for others. We find this in the first church where, “All the believers were united and shared everything. They would sell pieces of property and possessions and distribute the proceeds to everyone who needed them. Every day, they met together in the temple and ate in their homes. They shared food with gladness and simplicity. They praised God and demonstrated God’s goodness to everyone. The Lord added daily to the community those who were being saved.” (Acts 2:42-47)
Devotional Thought: Many new people come through our doors looking for a community of people that is emotionally connected by their mutual love for Jesus and their commitment to each other because of Christ. Real community is more than being friendly – it’s about demonstrating “God’s goodness to everyone”…this is how the first church grew and I believe it is how God will grow our church as well.
So….we are going to try something new – similar to today’s passage….this, simply, is the idea behind going out to lunch after church on Sunday, June 11 – developing community through authentic relationships. Finally, since so many want rules about how to do things….
- Admit that you like to eat.
- Be ok with meeting new people
- Commit to going out to breakfast, brunch or lunch after your favorite worship service on Sunday, June 11
- The hardest part may be deciding on a place to go
Why not give it a whirl…