On the day of Pentecost, the birth of the church, Jesus’ disciples were not on retreat at a remote location, rather they were in a bustling city, in the thick of life. Pentecost was not some ‘spiritual’ reality divorced from everyday life; rather, everyday life became ordered around Kingdom-growing. The early church described in Acts 2.42-49 gives a picture of people who were united in worship, sharing food and time together, living as an extended family. Just as the early church needed God’s Spirit to inspire and empower them, so too we need the Holy Spirit if we are to thrive as a family of faith. For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. (Romans 8:14)
Outreach and evangelism are in the DNA of God’s family. God’s family reaches out, invites in and includes people in our spiritual family life. Jesus commanded his followers to … go making disciples of all nations. We see the people of the early church made “being family”, joining the family business and setting out to bring as many people into that family as they could. The Redemptive Family resource states, They pulled in people from the temple and marketplace and took them home and fed them and let their joy and passion and zeal and the power of the Holy Spirit leak all over them! Outreach was through inclusion. They pulled up another seat at the table and just did what the family of God does together. And people got saved.
We help invite people into this family by
1) being consistent in how we live and being consistent in how we engage with them as we demonstrate God’s love;
2) helping them meet and connect with other Christians;
3) being clear about the transforming power of the gospel.
I invite you to take part in the Redemptive family course we embark on today.
- Read the daily devotions
- Fill in the surveys
- Join a growth group
- Come on Sundays
How brightly is the flame of the Spirit burning in your life?
What does it mean to you that the people you gather with each week to worship God, are your sisters and brothers?
How do you help the stranger, the visitor, the guest among us feel at home, one of the family, one of us?
Rev John Malcolm
(You can find out more about our Redemptive Family course here)