Posted by: peebles | April 27, 2011

Acts 2:42 to 47 (NIV), “They devoted themselves to the apostle’s teaching and to the fellowship of breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone in need. 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, praising God and enjoying the favour of the people. And the Lord added daily to their number those who were being saved.

What kind of church do you go to? There is a TV program in the UK called, Through the Keyhole, with the catch phrase, “Who lives in a house like this?” The question I ask myself is, “If someone looked inside the church I go to, would they like it and would they want to come back to it?” The big question is, is your church a New Testament church? Or is it something else?

Is it a church where the little White Rabbit in the waistcoat is running around, rushing here and there, always in a hurry, having no time for anyone, saying, “I have no time for you, because you’re not in my holy huddle. I have no time for you, as you are not in my chosen loop of friends. I have no time for you, as you don’t believe the same things I do. I have no time to get involved with things, as it’s not my ministry.” There also is the little door-mouse not caring about anyone else but himself. The March Hare and the Mad Hatter are constantly nitpicking and never moving forward. The Queen of hearts is never happy unless she is in charge. If anyone says anything she does not like, or does not agree with, it’s “off with their heads”, as the rest of the congregation fall in line like a deck of cards. Meanwhile, Alice is looking for direction, and crying out for help, but finding none, as all the other people are so caught up in other things.

In the midst of this, there is an invisible figure that lurks in the background rubbing his paws with glee, as he looks on with a big grin, smirking. Then it’s no longer “welcome to the church”, but rather, “welcome to the Mad Hatter’s tea party!”

The church is the body of Christ Jesus. However, over the years, I have come across a few strange body parts…

Some body parts are like false teeth, sometimes in, sometimes out.

Some body parts are like to play the Hokey Pokey: in, out, in, out, shake it all about.

Some body parts are like tonsils, because you are no better off when they are gone.

Some body parts are like the appendix, you don’t notice them until they are gone.

And some body parts just open there mouth and let their belly rumble.

Is your Church like a Goldie Locks church: “who’s been sitting in my chair?”

If you are absent from church, does someone care enough about you to phone to see how you are?

Does your church not only teach about reaching the lost, but is it actively involved in reaching the lost?

Does your church reach out and care for those in the fellowship, as if they really did belong to their family?

Here is how and why the New Testament church was so successful. The Bible says in Acts 2:42 to 47 (NIV), “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship of breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone in need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate togetherwith glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favour of the people. And the Lord added daily to their number those who were being saved.

My prayer is, Lord help us, this day, to be a New Testament church, a church that is reaching the lost, seeing souls saved, lives changed, people in the fellowship working together as if as one people, with one vision, for your Kingdom. Lord, let your church be a place of comfort, joy, peace, praise, power and love. Lord, let everyone feel cared for and wanted, let everyone feel that they have a part to play and let everyone one who comes to the church of believers feel loved in the Lord. Lord let us, this day, be that church. Amen.

God bless you my friend. Matthew.


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