As we move into the third (and final) month of our series in Acts ‘What Jesus did next,’ we complete series 1, a 12-episode drama of how the good news of Jesus spread through Jerusalem, as the Holy Spirit, the promised helper, empowers the lives of the believers to proclaim the truth about Jesus, to demonstrate the authority of Jesus, and to live together in a very distinct community. Yet we have been reminded that what we see of the early Christian community is the ideal. Cracks will appear, and the cost of following Jesus will dramatically increase. This isn’t heaven, this is real life. Yet in the midst of real life, with its sacrifices, messiness and letdowns, we would do well to follow the example of this early community in holding on to the ideal. When cracks appear, there is amongst Christians a too ready willingness to throw the baby out with the bath water. Christian community is often difficult. Choosing to remain within it is at times very hard, when all we feel like doing is leaving. Following Jesus is hard. As G. K. Chesterton once poignantly observed “The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult and left untried.” Unlike Christians today who so often move on to a new church at the slightest inconvenience or disappointment, the first church had no such choice. So they persevered, they prayed, they proclaimed, right in the middle of persecution. May we go and do likewise,


Yours, James (Lead Minister)


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