Living Beyond Debt
WRITTEN BY: RACHEL STONE
Name a vision you have or you have had—by vision I mean a thought or concept you imagined and hoped to reach in the future. What does it take to move toward such a vision? What are some things that can be barriers to realizing the vision?
What do you envision and hope for when it comes to your church? What steps might God be asking you to take to help realize his vision for the church?
Let’s take a look at the early church for some clues as to a healthy, thriving, and growing church community.
The Fellowship of the Believers
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. Acts 2:42-47
What do we learn from the early church described in these verses?
They devoted themselves to hearing the word of God (learning from the apostles/ teaching)
They devoted themselves to fellowship.
They devoted themselves to prayer.
They were together and had everything in common
They shared their resources to help those in need.
They met together regularly
They praised God.
And God added new believers.
What a vision for God’s church!
Take time this week to read this passage again, maybe even reading it each day asking God to reveal His vision for King’s Way. Note what speaks to you each time you read it. Listen especially for what next steps God is asking you to take as your part in this vision. And pray each day for King’s Way.
Amazing and gracious God, you created your church and each person in it. We know you, Jesus, are the head of the church, and we believers are the body of the church. Fill us with your Holy Spirit and move in us to be a vibrant community of believers: teach us your word, awaken our souls to your vision, renew our resolve to serve you, unify us as your church, open our hearts to help those in need, and remove any barriers to realizing your vision. We especially pray boldly for your provision as we work to reduce, even eliminate, our debt. We ask faithfully, and we entrust our resources to your care and direction. Stir and energize us with a passion for your kingdom and a revitalized love for you. In Jesus’ name. Amen
Read these verses and note God’s role and the believer’s role in achieving a vision.
John 14:13-14; 15:5
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18