Below is the daily Bible reading I am doing for the West Side Church. Please feel free to follow along.
In today’s reading (Acts 21) we see Paul traveling and arriving back in Jerusalem. On his journey they reach many ports of call and even change ships a couple of times. In a few of these ports … Tyre, Ptolemais, and Caesarea … Paul and his traveling companions meet up with believers. As Paul is traveling from city to city, he knows that he will find believers there. There he can find encouragement, he can find strength, and he can also deliver some instruction.
The church has rapidly grown. In just a few short years, maybe 30, the church has grown to reach many parts of the world. I wander what the American landscape would look like if we did evangelism a little more like they did it back then? Now I know we can hop in our cars and travel to nearby towns and find churches and find fellowship. But I do not know if that fellowship is always like what Paul and his companions witnessed. Are our churches as welcoming? Are our churches willing to stop everything going on in our lives to listen to someone like Paul preach and teach? Today we have a hard time getting people to come to a revival or evangelistic meeting.
So how do we make our churches more like New Testament churches in our modern day world? You answer that and they will be writing books about you.