Our 6 outcomes: Family
The picture of the church family in Acts can sometimes feel unattainable and maybe even impossible. It seems too simplistic and yet too complex at the same time. Can a church family really be that closely linked? I believe they were living and working according to Jesus’ design for the Church. Simply put, the Early Church experienced and advertised the correct design for our lives as believers. And it’s that design that will attract others and even intrigue those who don’t believe. Part of todays’ problem is that the Church has been seen as a weekly attendance not a daily family connection with those we choose to love.
Acts 2:42 provides us with a healthy, exciting and vibrant picture of what a church family should look like. I love how the Passion translation describes it – ‘their hearts were mutually linked together’. How does that look in real life today? For those described in the book of Acts, the result was that God “added to their number EVERYDAY” (v47).
It’s an unfortunate thing that for many people the idea of ‘family’ conjures up all kinds of chaos, disorder and dysfunction. I know for many people the thought of attending a family gathering is not one that is welcomed or looked forward to, but something to be endured in order to ‘keep the peace’. I think this is how some of us view the family time in our church too.
The actual word that is used in Acts to describe this body of people is Koinonia which in plain English, means “partnership”. We should ask ourselves if this is how we view our relationships within our church. Partnership goes way beyond the “chit-chat”, small talk and meaningless conversations we often dress up as relationships in our church communities.
The challenge to us is simple. The Early Church in Acts 2:42-47 teach us generosity, unity, commitment and accountability, and the result was “glad and sincere hearts” (v.46).
It would be good to ask ourselves these questions:
- How do I view the relationships I have in my church community and coaching circle? Are they important to me or are they simply a by-product of being a part of the church?
- How much do I value those relationships and friendships?
- How much time do I invest into the people who are my church family/circle?
- Do I consider the church family relationships as something I need or do I feel obliged to ‘make friends’ in church?
Let’s be willing to ask ourselves, and those in our circle, some honest questions in order to see authentic family connections in Everyday Champions.