I am amazed when the church acts like the chuch of the 1st century. Today, our congregation held a benefit for one of our members who is suffering with ALS. It was amazing to see all of God's people work together distributing the food (brats and hotdogs), selling baked goods, helping cook, clean, and overall supporting one another. It was a great success and you could see many people from the community amazed at how well it all went.
It reminds me of Acts 5 that I just got done reading the other day. After Ananias and Sapphira were dropped dead for lying to the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit was working through wonders. They shared everything. Te part that I had never read struck me epecially while watching God's people today: "None of the rest dared join them (unbelievers), but the people held them (Christians) in high esteem (Acts 5:13-14)."
This is my prayer for the church today. Never losing hte bold proclamation of the risen Lord. And even though, people may not join us, may not believe in the Risen Christ, they will see that we show mercy to all people. That we love as the Lord Jesus has loved us. That we love the people whom others do not (maybe crazy neighbors) and support one another in the time of need.
Lord have mercy