Is your church like this, I sincerely doubt it! A lesson for us all to learn! 

While they were praying, the place where they were meeting trembled and shook. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak God’s Word with fearless confidence. The whole congregation of believers was united as one—one heart, one mind! They didn’t even claim ownership of their own possessions. No one said, “That’s mine; you can’t have it.” They shared everything. The apostles gave powerful witness to the resurrection of the Master Jesus, and grace was on all of them. Acts 4:31-33 (The Message)

How do our churches witness to the resurrection of Jesus today? We may say that our worship is lively, our preaching powerful, our spiritual lives fulfilling, but how do we witness powerfully to the resurrection of Jesus today?

The earliest example of the church witnessing to the resurrection of Jesus powerfully comes in the context of struggle and persecution. I am prone to saying that a dose of struggle and persecution might not go amiss for the church today. Although I wouldn’t wish it on anyone, sometimes facing a challenge to our freedom to live the life can concentrate the spirit. They say you don’t know the value of what you have until you lose it.

Secondly, there was a sense of community, sharing all things and being of one heart and mind, that is missing from our twenty first century churches. Even the best churches have a modern materialist culture ingrained in them. Only the most radial movements have adopted the communal values of the earliest church and sometimes this works very well. Even the loosest fitting church community can have the basic sense of sharing to the benefit of the whole if the folk embrace one simple principle. What we do and how we live must reflect the grace of God above all.

May our lives be filled with the grace of God today to be united in heart and mind and to share freely with others so that the grace of God may lived in fully. Amen.