Pray – (1/2 minute)
Read – (3 minutes) “Now about brotherly love we do not need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other. And in fact, you do love all the brothers throughout Macedonia. Yet we urge you, brothers, to do so more and more.” (1 Thessalonians 4:9-10)
Passage: Acts 2:42-47
God wired people for relationship. Even those without Christ have an innate feeling of love and commitment to their biological families. In healthy families, even though there will be disagreements and disappointments, those families will look out for one another and seek the best for each other. When a family does not act with a commitment to take up for each other and continually acts in ways that bring hurt to members in the family, we view that family as dysfunctional.
When anyone receives Jesus as Lord and Savior, he or she is born spiritually into God’s forever family. Jesus established the church to be a local expression of His universal family. One of the most basic lessons of practical Christianity is that the people in God’s family should love one another and be committed to one another. It is a sad reality that the world sees many churches acting like dysfunctional families. Make it your commitment to help your church be a healthy family that acts with love.
Apply – (2 minutes)
Pray – (1 ½ minutes)