Three Steps to Impact

Impact

In a study of the Book of Acts in the Bible it became evident that there are three steps to impacting a culture, a community, or a neighbourhood.

1> “They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need” (Acts 2:45).

2> “Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favour of all the people” (Acts 2:46-47).

3> “And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved” (Acts 2:47)

It seems that the early Church started with good deeds, which led to good will, which created openness to the good news.

1> “They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need” (Acts 2:45) …GOOD DEEDS

2> “Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glass and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favour of all the people” (Acts 2:46-47). GOOD WILL

3> “And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved” (Acts 2:47) GOOD NEWS

So, the early Christians began with good deeds. They decided to sell stuff in order to take care of other people.

That led to good will. Then they enjoyed the favour of all the people. The people had good will towards the Christians. This does not happen in most places today.

Because good deeds led to good will, it created an openness to the good news being shared. Also not seen in most places in our world today.

Most churches today are trying to deliver good news without good deeds, so there is no good will. And, the Gospel of the Kingdom is simply not received or acted upon.

It just may be time to rethink the way we are working to impact our communities.

 

 

 

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