As a result of the primitive church’s devotion to the things that we have been reflecting on over the past days, they had a tangible and practical impact on the communities around them, and many were saved by the powerful message of the Gospel in action.
Indeed, these Spirit-led Christians revitalised life in Greco-Roman cities by providing new norms and new kinds of social relationships able to cope with many of the urgent urban problems of the day. To cities filled with the homeless, impoverished, and strangers, Christians offered an immediate basis for attachments. To cities filled with orphans and widows, Christians provided a new and expanded sense of family. To cities torn by violent ethnic strife, Christians offered a new basis for social solidarity.
As the church, we are called to be counter-cultural, bringing answers to many of society’s problems by our tangible and practical demonstrations of Christ’s love. Step out in faith, knowing that God is with you. You are empowered and equipped by His Holy Spirit. Continue in His mission!
Consider if there’s anything more you can do to help others. What can you share? How can you be generous? Stay challenged. Keep your eyes open. Your community needs you.
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