It is no accident that we have all been brought together in this community. God
designed our lives to be so united that when others see us, they see the beauty of
God and His character. When we all understand what a church should be, there will be
an energy and direction that will affect the world around us. The church is the hope of
the world, and we must take the responsibility to keep our hearts excited and on track
to accomplish God's purpose in our lives. Acts 2 is the beginning of the early church
and is a great place to get a picture of what church should look like. Here is an
acronym to help all of us understand the values we long to establish at Township
U. unity (community)
We seek to show the same generosity expressed in Acts 2.44-45. (44) And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common; (45) and they began selling their property and possessions and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need. Needs were being taken care of by this very young church. Generosity sprung up as the Spirit of God was moving. We believe that if someone has two of something, and another is in need, then one should be given away.
We seek to display the unity of community expressed in Acts 2.42, 46. (42) They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. .....(46) Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, (47) praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved. We call this community, and it involves the ideas of devotion, fellowship, unity of purpose, and togetherness. We believe that to accomplish all that scripture requires of the church, it must have community.
We see effectiveness expressed in Acts 2.43, 47. (43) "Everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles. ....(47) praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved."
We seek to live in the simplicity expressed in Acts 2.44. (44) "And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common;" The early church sought to meet the needs of those inside the community. They viewed each other as equals in value, and through this, desired to take care of one another more than themselves.
We seek to know and encourage the truth of the Gospel expressed in Acts 2.38, 40-42. (38) Peter said to them, "Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit...(40) And with many other words he solemnly testified and kept on exhorting them, saying, "Be saved from this perverse generation!" (41) So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand souls. (42) They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
The church is a place to passionately pursue God and share in this experience with your brothers and sisters in Christ