Series: The Mvmnt
Message: A Holy Jesus Community
Preacher: Japhet De Oliveira
Reflection: Alex Bryan
Live Wonder: Zan Long
Live Adventure: Zan Long
Live Purpose: Jessyka Albert
Editor: Becky De Oliveira
Refresh: Begin today in prayer. Ask God for understanding through the Holy Spirit and for God’s character to be revealed.
Read: Acts 4:32–5:16 in the English Standard Version (ESV). Note 1–3 insights or questions.
Reflect: Focus on Acts 5:15–16. Mark 4:35 indicates a three-fold ministry of Jesus: preaching, teaching, and healing. The 2,000-year-old story of the Christian Church, under the leadership of the Holy Spirit, the Scriptures, and the example of Jesus, shows obedience to this original vision.
There are houses with steeples scattered about the globe; houses of worship, cathedrals, sanctuaries, fellowship halls, and churches. The Church of Jesus Christ has established places where preaching will be heard, where pulpits will broadcast the Gospel, where sermons will remind people of “the old time religion” and the beauty of Christian grace.
There are houses with school bells mounted overhead. A ministry of Christian education circles the globe. Both Catholic and Protestant traditions have a rich investment in faith-based primary, secondary, and higher education. Nearly all the great institutions of learning (at least in the Western world) find their roots in Christian impulses.
And then there are houses with helicopter pads on the roof. Hospitals. These places house the human craftsmanship of physicians, nurses, therapists, pharmacists, surgeons, dietitians, preventative care doctors, and emergency doctors. Chaplains are there too—to pray for healing and to pray amid life’s final hours.
The first Christians did all three ministries: preaching, teaching, and healing. But it was this final work—taking orders from the Great Physician—that put the Christians on the map of the Roman Empire more than any other. Christians were known to step into crises, even amid dangerous situations such as the plague. Christians were known to heal the wounded, even those who did not claim the cross. Christians were known to grieve for and bury the dead with respect and dignity. Their practice of grace gained the attention of the caesars.
The Christians were known as the people to whom you “brought your sick”—and healing, hope, and life were found.
Let us not forget the work of making men whole.
Recalibrate: Have you ever avoided someone who was sick (mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually)?
Respond: Pray for Jesus to bring healing to your life so that you might be able to bring healing to others.
Research: Read Jesse Carey’s article on Relevant magazine’s website: “What the Bible Says About How to Treat Refugees.”
Did you hurt yourself today? Did you fall over or bump your head? Who kissed it better or gave you a hug? Know that God longs to be the One you run to. He sees and hears all your hurts and longs to make them better.
The better we get at sharing, the more God gives us to share. He wants us to share kind words and use our hands to help each other. God helps us get better at sharing so we can do it again and again. Can you draw a picture of what sharing looks like to you?
When we think of sharing, we often think of things that we can share: food, money, our phone charger . . . but sharing isn’t always done with things. What is something you can share with others that isn’t tangible? Look up a really funny joke and share it with a few people today to make them laugh. Kindness, smiles, and laughter are things we can all share regardless of how much money we have.