March 15, 2020
March 14, 2020
These days are filled with challenge and anxiety and so many questions. Throughout history, powerful things happen when the Church decides to embrace days like these as a unique opportunity. We believe God is inviting us to experience His power still today. Let’s do that together!
The Church movement began in homes. While we are being encouraged to stay in ours, we have an opportunity to engage with Christ as families and neighbors much like the church did in the second chapter of Acts.
SET THE SCENE
Find a blanket that you can use like a picnic. Spread it out so everyone has room to sit down together. Choose one person to read this prayer out loud. Choose another to read the scripture. Then, follow up with questions and activities that follow.
Dear God, thank you for each person sitting right here. Thank you that there are many others sitting in different places praying too. We ask you to help us meet with you as we read your scripture and talk about how you call us to live. We love you. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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.
1. Notice that verse 46 says that, while they ate together, they had glad and sincere hearts. What is something that makes your heart glad?
2. Think about what it must have felt like to be a part of this new, exciting church movement. What do you think would be especially fun about living in this time?
3. Verse 42 lists the things they thought were of most importance: strong teaching, fellowship, prayer and eating together. Actually, it says “breaking of bread.” Find something in your pantry that you can all share. Break it into pieces and, as you eat, thank God for giving you food.
Talk together and come up with at least one person you can call today to check on them. No pressure – this is just a friendly conversation to see how they’re doing and to let them know that you are thinking about them today. Offer to pray for them and see if they want you to do it right then and there or later when you hang up the phone. If it’s the latter, don’t hesitate. Do it as soon as you say goodbye.