At any moment I can get on my phone to check the statuses of hundreds of people online. I know what they are eating, where they are going, what they got for Christmas, new memories they are making, old friends with whom they are reconnecting…in short, I know what is important to them, what is close to their hearts or even what is getting on their nerves. While my social networking expertise is limited to Facebook, there are similar social networking sites popping up all the time.
Whether it is a status update, tweet, friend request, or pintrest, people want to share their thoughts, their passions, their causes, their annoyances, their irritations, their joys, and their pains. While social networking sites are a new phenomenon they address an old and shared need; the need to share.
In Acts 2:42-47 we find a community of early Christians sharing everything in common, both their physical and spiritual needs.
“ And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.”
It is not a surprise that this sharing community was also a growing community? Sharing strengthens the community and the individuals in the community. By sharing our life in God with each other we have the opportunity to uplift, connect, support, witness, and grow.
Join us this week as the Sligo community does some sharing and growing. You will hear the testimonies of Kevin Knight and Troy Campbell as they share God’s activity in their lives. We will spend time sharing our joys and concerns through prayer. We will spend time growing through mutual encouragement and fellowship.