by Pastor Isaac Mathembe, Kangundo, Kenya
I have been teaching in our church from the book of Acts. This is part of the Bible study we normally have every Sunday morning before the main service. For some years in the pastoral ministry, I have been concerned on how I can raise a healthy church. I have come across these four qualities that were evident in the early church and which I believe are the same qualities that a healthy church should observe.
And they continued steadfastly in the Apostles doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread and in prayers(Acts 2:42).
A healthy church must devote itself in the teachings of their God-given servant/leaders. We see in this passage that the Christians in Acts devoted themselves in the teachings of the apostles and as a result the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved. These Christians devoted themselves to fellowship and sharing in means (including the Lord’s Supper), they had time to pray together and in generosity they sold their possessions and divided among them as anyone had need. This is a picture, in my view, of a church that Christ is coming to rapture!
A healthy Christian church attracts people to Christ. A healthy, loving church will grow in numbers and spirituality. My question is: are we the kind of a church that will attract others to Christ?