During this time of social restriction, I've asked myself the question 'What's church life all about?' Is it about attending on Sunday, about making social connections? Is it about the volume and quality of the various mid-week programs attended? What is it that outsiders might observe about the relationships within church life?
Jesus said that his followers would be identifiable by their love for each other. John 13:35 says: "If you love one another, then everyone will know that you are my disciples".
Acts 2:46-47 says about the early group of believers: "With one accord they continued to meet daily in the temple courts and to break bread from house to house, sharing their meals with gladness and sincerity of heart praising God and enjoying the favour of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily, those who were being saved". I am aware that the early church lived in a different time and cultural context, where this fellowship described occurred on a daily basis. But how attractive to "those being saved" is a group characterised by love! It seems to me that the people who were added were not necessarily already saved, but came along, seeking to belong to this loving group, and were saved in the process.