This church, unlike the Corinthians that we were recently looking at, was a great example of what it means to shine the light of Jesus in the world.
Their salvation brought about many things, and these serve as great markers of a healthy and moving church.
– They imitated faithful followers of Jesus and Jesus Himself. They looked to the right beacons for direction (v.6).
– They counted their lives as cheap for the sake of Christ, and desired the word even above their own comfort, taking it alongside much persecution (v.6).
– They didn’t hide the work of God in their lives, and were a powerful presence in their local community and around many other places. They weren’t just a group, they were a mighty movement. (vv.7-8)
Imagine your church having such a huge influence that everyone already knew about God’s work in you without you having to say anything.
– They were hospitable and took sin seriously. They turned completely away from their old lives and embraced all of who Jesus is and let it dictate their new lives (v.9).
and Finally (at least in this section)…
– They were patient with regard to the promises of God (v.10).
A church like this is what we should be striving to imitate. And it starts with our personal walks with the Lord.
If everyone in the church walks with Jesus personally, then the Church will be all that He wants it to be corporately.