KEY VERSE: Acts 4:32-33 …they had everything in common. And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all.
KEY THOT: The NT church was not only united in their communal lifestyle marked by having all things in common but also by their missional lifestyle marked by testifying to the resurrection of the Lord with “great power” and “great grace”. Their unity was not just inwards towards one another and also outwards towards the lost.
The unity we want to build in the church should be both communal and missional. That means building holistic small group communities (home groups or discipleship groups) that are both communal and missional. Churches tend to compartmentalize and complexify our life together. When our small groups are holistic, we can cut down on special-purpose meetings: e.g. Alpha can be held in the home groups instead of as a separate activity.
As someone in "full-time" ministry as a pastoral staff of a local church and also as Alpha's regional training consultant, I believe I am called to challenge church pastors and leaders everywhere to make their congregations holistic by being not only communal (word, fellowship, worship & prayers - Acts 2:42) and also missional (testifying to the resurrection through Alpha evangelism- Acts 2:47) . And this can only take place through holistic small groups that are both communal and missional. Only then will they experience God’s “great power” and “great grace."
We owe it to the next generation of believers to experience the powers of God in our days.
Father, help Your church become holistic faith communities that are communal and missional that You kingdom might be manifested in great power and grace grace. Amen.