First things first – Hope 103.2

First things first

Read Acts 2:42-47 42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions […]

By David ReayWednesday 10 Jan 2018LifeWords DevotionalsFaithReading Time: 2 minutes

Read Acts 2:42-47

42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 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, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. (NIV)

Churches and individual Christians are rightly concerned about evangelism: the sharing of the good news of Jesus with those who may not yet have heard or accepted it. If we don’t do any of that, church can become a cosy religious club and individuals can become insular and see their faith as a purely private thing designed to help them with life.

If we reckon Christianity is as good as it says it is, then it is natural to want to share it around. However, the key to effective faith sharing is healthy church life and healthy personal life. If I think church is a waste of time, if Jesus is only on the margins of my life, then there is little incentive to share.

Rushing into numerous evangelistic programmes and events will not produce the fruit we seek. The early church seemed to attract people out of the quality of its internal life. Some would say that the first priority of a church pastor or minister is to evangelise. It is not. The first task is to so equip and enthuse the people of God that they can fruitfully share their faith. Give them something to share before asking them to share.

A healthy church produces healthy witnesses. Or as one writer puts it, God doesn’t put healthy babies in sick incubators.

Blessings
David Reay