“While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them. So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.”
- Acts 13:2-3 NIV
Here we see the amazing beginning of the early church. God uses Barnabas to spread the good news of Jesus, but Paul and Barnabas can’t stick around. They’ve got to keep moving and keep telling other people about Jesus.
So all of these people who just recently started following Jesus have to make these communities of Christ-followers called churches happen. And these churches are important because they’re the place where followers of Jesus pursue God, build community, and unleash compassion. And there are no seasoned Christians, no long-time churchgoers in them. They’re full of people who are new at following Jesus.
In some ways Eastside is a lot like these churches. So many of us at Eastside began following Jesus only recently or just started coming back to church for the first time in a long while. If we want to be a church that transforms our homes, community and world by pursuing God, building community, and unleashing compassion--we’re all going to have to pitch in to make those things happen.
[Upward] What did this passage reveal to you about God? Praise him for being that God.
[Inward] What did this passage bring up in you? Be honest with God about your questions and shortcomings, your fears and desires.
[Outward] What does this passage call me to in relationship to others in my world? Ask God to help you take your place in the new chapter of the Book of Acts that is being written in your life today.