Last week we began a series called Being Church: how it all began. Together, we discovered the importance of the word ecclesia - a Greek word which means gathering or congregation. The early church or ecclesia began as a movement - a movement around a very important historical event, the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is that simple truth that has fueled the church from its very onset.
This week we are going to continue our series by looking at the book of Acts up to the end of chapter 5. In particular we will focus on the actions and attitudes of the apostles. I hope you will discover with me how daring and courageous they were.
Which reminds me of a story. A college student was in Philosophy class, where a class discussion was in progress about whether or not God exists.
The professor had the following logic: "Has anyone in this class seen God?" Nobody spoke.
"Has anyone in this class touched God?" Again, nobody spoke
"Has anyone in this class ever heard God?" When nobody spoke for the third time, he simply stated, "Then there is no God!"
One of the students did not like the sound of this, and asked for permission to speak. The professor granted it, and the student stood up.
"Has anyone in this class seen our professor's brain?" he asked.
Hmm. That’s pretty courageous.
What would you do? What would you say? Join the ecclesia this Sunday and find out what the apostles did. It won’t be the same without you!