It’s time for some “summer lovin”!
(and I’m not talking about Sandra Dee and Danny Zucco)
Remedy Church has decided to consecrate this summer as a season dedicated to practicing the habits of heart and life which were exemplified by the earliest followers of Jesus the King. Throughout the Book of Acts, Luke has granted us glimpses into the disciplines of character within the first-century church.
Character is the product of consistent behavior…
In Acts 4, Luke tells us that these first followers of Jesus gathered together and lived in a transformative community that was defined by habits of heart and life. This is how Luke illustrated the narrative this new community was living::
All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people.
+ Acts 2:44-47 (NIV)
and again a few stories later…
All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need.
+ Acts 4:32-35 (NIV)
In these passages, and in the many stories that follow, Luke describes the early followers of Jesus as messy people who made mistakes, often doubted, and even had massive fights… but he also ensures that we see the beauty of their character on display as they reflected the love of God to the world in which they lived.
This new community that claimed Jesus as their rightful King practiced the habits of love, prayer, proclamation, service, celebration, and sacrifice.
If we desire to reflect the same transformed character of heart and life, these disciplines and habits should also be practiced in our lives::
+ we LOVE
+ we PRAY
+ we PROCLAIM
+ we SERVE
+ we CELEBRATE
+ we SACRIFICE
Therefore, as we announced this past Sunday in our morning and night worship gatherings, Remedy Church has consecrated the Summer of 2014 as a season dedicated to practicing the communal and personal habits of life and heart transformation that we have seen in the Book of Acts.
Here are the dates for our “Summer of Love” 2014 tour…
+ Night of Worship:: May 30th @ 7pm
+ Fifth Sunday Serve:: June 29th @ 10am-3pm
+ DowntownSBY History Hunt:: July 4th (all day)
+ Beach Baptism:: July 19th @ Assateague (more details forthcoming)
+ City Picnic:: August 16th (more details forthcoming)
+ Night of Worship:: August 29th @ 7pm
(read more here)