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God has a family for you

May 12, 2010

So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.

--Acts 2:41

Today's verse of Scripture tells us that on the first day of the church it added three thousand people to the congregation. Isn't that amazing?  

And we also learn that these new Christ-followers did something else that first day. They recorded their names on a roll. You see, they formed a body of believers. They became a family of faith and were accountable to one another.

In contrast, there's something happening in the modern-day church that is disconcerting to me. Rather than becoming committed believers belonging to a local church, many people have turned into consumers. They pick and choose churches like cartons of milk or boxes of cereal. 

Marketers have even given this group of people a name, "church hoppers," because they hop around forming no real attachments. They seem to prefer to be without responsibility to a church or its people. 

But this is a terrible mistake and a tragedy. Christians aren't like free-range chickens. You weren't designed to roam alone. You're called to a family!

Experience the true blessings of being a part of a body of believers. Become knit together with them. Share in their joys and burdens.

It's time to really know and love others in the church and to let them know and love you in Christ Jesus.


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