Sunday, October 24, 2010

Christ Fellowship of Tampa

It must have been the best of times and it must have been the worst of times.

Acts 2:42  All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord's Supper), and to prayer.

It must have been awesome to be a part of the first church being born, to be with the guys that knew Jesus and had been intimate friends with him and to actually see some of these events for yourself, imagine the excitement and the energy.

But at the same time there was some dangerous and difficult opposition to being a part of this new church being born. The established old school church leaders had a lot of power to cause you harm and you certainly didn't want the Roman government coming after you.

So it is with the rebirth of a church, the new energy and excitement is so wonderful to be a part of. It is awesome to see signs of life and to see the vital signs improving everyday, there is hope for a healthy church that can get off life support and be a strong growing witness for Christ in the city of Tampa.

At the same time we have to be careful and be on guard for the wolves that are among us, those people that seem to want Christ Fellowship to thrive but instead they are secretly setting traps to catch the sheep and stall the momentum toward a healthy church. 

I must do my part to watch out for the wolves, listening for their disturbing comments and helping to stifle the trouble that they seek to stir up.

Thank you Lord for the work that you are doing through Christ Fellowship, I thank you that you have given us a great opportunity to become a healthy church that can bring hope to the city of Tampa.