Pastor Joynt's Devotionals

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Belong & Become, Week 4, Day 27

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ACTS 2:46-47 | 46 Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.

The explosive growth of the early church occasionally happens today, in Asia and Africa and sometimes the USA. But often growth is more organic, arising not from dramatic Pentecost moments but from relationships and connections. This means you and I must recognize the spiritual needs and gifts of our neighbors and friends. We must tease out gently and patiently, their questions. We must hear their experiences with God and with the church. We do all of this knowing God created each person with individual attention and intention. He wants each one to be part of his work in this world and his sacred company in the next.

There will be connections between the people we know and the care and mission and life of the church. They have doubts and questions—we give opportunities to voice them and find answers. They have gifts and passions—we have many opportunities to serve and lead. They have needs and problems—we have ministries of care and support. They have hopes and dreams—God has the most beautiful plan for all of us!

How contagious are you?

Who can you reach for Christ?

 

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Belong & Become, Week 4, Day 25

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ACTS 2:43 | 43 Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles.

“Awe came upon everyone.” Teams have identities, groups have personalities, communities have characters. It is so fascinating that the whole is the sum of the parts and yet greater. The vintage is entirely made up of individual grapes, but the taste together goes beyond them.

The Christian community is a community of awe. We understand life’s wonder and sacredness and we receive it as a gift. We know the precious, incalculable value of the people around us. We live in a world of miracles, of signs and wonders. We look for the gracious and loving action of God all around us.

What awe-filled experiences have you had recently?

Have you had any in church?

 

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