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..The nature of a healthy church (part 2) - Page 4. A healthy church is a loving church

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..The nature of a healthy church (part 2)
Page 2. A Healthy church is a praying church
Page 3. A healthy church is a powerful church
Page 4. A healthy church is a loving church
Page 5. A healthy church is a joyful church
Page 6. A healthy church is a growing church
Page 7. Conclusion
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Sixthly, a healthy church is a loving church.

44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he 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.

 

“All that believed were together." I tell you I love that statement. I'd like to have that put right across this building as a sign on the outside. Do you know what that means? Unity, Unity, Unity. All that believed. What we need in the world today is Mash potato Christians, where we all lose our identity and take on a unified identity. Where it is not about me, my gifts, my abilities, my means, my resources, but God’s glory through the church.

Sadly today, all those who believe are sort of together, they are sort of united, they are sort of involved, they are sort of committed, they are bacon and eggs and not just bacon, there is a mix of dedication and commitment. I believe the church in Jerusalem understood the spirit of the words of Paul in 1 Corinthians 1:10 (ESV) “10 I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.” The church in Jerusalem however was a people that think the same thing, feel the same thing, and speak the same thing. Beautiful unity. There was love there and it showed.

Verse 44 says, “they had all things common”. In other words, I didn't own anything to the exclusion of you. If you have need and I have supply, here's my supply for your need. Actually Verse 45 says “they were selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need.” And those are what we call in the Greek imperfect verbs. It doesn't mean they're less than perfect. Imperfect is a tense. It's continuous action in the past. And they were continuously selling things as people were continuing to have needs. It's not communism. It's not they all threw everything in a pot and they shared it out equally. It does not mean that some were lazy and the rest maintained them; No. That wouldn't give us the opportunity to express love, would it? The inequalities in the church give us the occasion for love. And so they were simply giving things, selling in order to get money to give to somebody when somebody had a need. There was a sharing and a love that was obvious to the world. In Verse 46, "every day they continued to meet in the temple courts." There they are in one accord again. "they broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts." They were going from home to home sharing communion.

You see the unity there? There's just a beautiful oneness that comes from love. The church with the right content manifests the right character. They were awesome. They were powerful. God is at work and they were a loving church.