New Testament Reading Reflection Week 3

NEW TESTAMENT READING REFLECTION  
from Elyssa Schultheiss

It’s easy to think of church as a building.
 
 A place we go to on Sunday.
 
We listen to a few songs, hear a message, and return home—checking off another box on our todo list. We get our “spiritual time” in for the week.
 
In Acts 2, we see a picture of church portrayed not as a building but as a people. 
 
In this story the early church, known as followers of “the way”, encounters the Holy Spirit together in community. They begin to recognize that church is the collection of every person (age, gender, ethnicity, socio economic status, etc.) gathering together in the name of Jesus. 
 
The Holy Spirit gives them ability to speak one another’s languages, perform miracles, and engage in generosity. 
 
And God teaches us this same truth today. Church is the people that gather together seeking Jesus. It is the small group that gathers every Wednesday doing life around a table. It is the conversations you get to have with your kids as they start to wonder and cultivate curiosity about the world. It’s the reconciliation you are aiming to seek with family. The beauty of this is shown in the end of Acts 2 when it says, “They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity—all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.”

Cole Beshore