by Brian Fletcher

The Missional Community
Brian Fletcher
Acts 2:42-47

The entire Bible is about a Missional Community of Faith, not just individuals of faith.

It began in the garden with Adam and Eve, the first community of faith. And they had a mission:

To walk with God and worship Him alone.

To care for one another and the creation

To multiply and make more God worshipers.

Even though this family quickly became dysfunctional, as Adam and Eve disobeyed God and as Cain their firstborn killed his brother Abel. God has mercy, keeping His promise and Covenant to be their God and to take care of them, showcasing His grace to the world and promising a Redeemer.

This community continues through Noah and his family. Again, God shows mercy and grace to save this family from the destruction of the earth continuing to fulfill His covenantal promises.

Then God takes Abram, a descendent of Noah and begins the creation of a nation.

Genesis 12: 1-3

Now the Lord said to Abram, ''Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you. 2 And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.

God makes it clear A Missional Community Blesses those around them.

God confirms His covenant through Abraham and the community of faith that had been developing. God's covenant was not just with individuals but with a covenant community, His people.

They were to worship God alone, to care for one another and to make more God followers.

The nation of Israel grows and goes through periods of being a unified kingdom blessing the nations around them and offering up true worship to God, but then also to apostasy and worship of other gods. They are troubled with poor leadership, ungodly followers, they are eventually taken over by foreig ...

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