For years builders and governments have been trying to build the ideal community. They always start with the housing and amenities and then add the attractive shopping destinations, all with the hopes of achieving a safe environment for families to raise their children. As lovely as these can get, they always fail because they can’t address the issue that tears cities down, and that is sin. In Act 2, we see a model community based on the work of the Holy Spirit.
“They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”
Luke identifies the four main characteristics that made the early church a model community. They were devoted to the teaching of God’s Word, true fellowship, communion, and prayer. This didn’t happen in a large facility but from house to house as the church grew. The people came from all walks of life and from all over the Roman empire. They weren’t focused on themselves or their needs but on being apart of something bigger than themselves. This group turned the known world upside down, and millions of lives were changed.
If a church lacks one of these four pillars, it will seem as if something is off. So many churches focus on one or maybe two of these areas and forsake the others. There needs to be strong Biblical teaching, fellowship, Communion, and Prayer. Coupled with the Holy Spirit God, it’s able to do powerful things in a community when a church is pursuing Christ through these pillars.
A Model Community
When a church is a model community, it becomes a magnet in its community. People are looking for something authentic in their lives, and when a church offers it, they don’t hesitate to become a part of it. Be part of the change your church needs. Commit to prayer for your pastor and be the one who facilitates fellowship by opening your home. This will strengthen your church in ways that will make a lasting impact.