‘The Courage of the Cult’
There was a God inspired momentum as the courage of the believers increased…
“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.”
The courage that came from the reality of the risen Savior was now impacting every part of the life of this unusual group of believers…
– one in heart
– one in mind
– one in possessions
“For there was not a needy person among them, because all those who owned lands or houses sold them, brought the proceeds of the things that were sold, and laid them at the apostles’ feet. This was then distributed for each person’s basic needs.”
Wow! In current American culture, we would call this a ‘cult’. In the Scriptures, it is called ‘the early church’. And in ‘the early church’ there was not a needy person among them.
Cult – a small religious group that is not part of a larger and more accepted religion and that has beliefs regarded by many people as extreme or dangerous.
Maybe it’s time for our own local churches to have the courage to take on more of the characteristics of ‘the early church’ – even at the risk of outsiders calling our own local church a cult.
Heavenly Father, would You give me courage to be one in heart, one in mind and one in possessions with the fellow believers in my own local church.
In Jesus Name, Amen.