If you could design the “model church,” what would it look like? We all have our own ideas about what the church should be. Nowhere do those ideas run more rampant and actually find their way into the church than in our country. Rugged individualism is part of our American heritage, but nowhere does the Bible condone independence within the church. Nor is Christ’s Church a democracy. Jesus is at the head of the Church and the Bible is the church’s source of authority and provides its form and direction. Christians are to be connected in the body (not independent from it) and local churches are to work together for the sake of Christ.
The church we see in Acts 2:42-47 is a model church and it rubs against the desire to “have it my way.” Now, notice I didn’t say that the church we see in Acts 2:42-47 is a “perfect” church. We’ll find out in a few weeks that they, like us, are chosen by God but not yet perfect. They struggled with sin and obedience, just like you and I do. Yet with faults and all, this early church serves as one prominent, biblical example how we are to be the church.
Come be with the rest of the church, this Sunday morning at 10:30, as we seek to find out what God says about the model Church and how He promises to provide for it.