One of the best things about church is being in community, the koinonia aspect of doing life together. This came home to me all day yesterday: during both services of worship, during my adult ed class, during the afternoon as my friend George helped me move tables and chairs, and then again in the evening, when we hosted a large dinner at our home.
We shared lunch with friends visiting from our former church in Brandon and they said they couldn’t help but notice the sense of authentic life here, the “buzz” of electricity and excitement, the vibrancy that animated the worship space.
In the evening, after we had transformed our living room into a large dining hall, Maul-Hall filled up with guests as we hosted elders and deacons who had just completed Rebekah’s training program in preparation for ordination/installation.
Our home was literally vibrating with conversation, with love, with the heartbeat of what it means to be a community of believers approaching life in the context of being disciples, of following Jesus. Not sixteen people who agree on every detail and nuance of understanding and opinion – but a work-in-progress of what commitment and love and discipleship look like as Christians stumbling along together in this particular time and place as participants in the ministries of Wake Forest Presbyterian Church.
This is what the writer of Acts was talking about in the second chapter, when the early church was described this way:
They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.Acts 2
And what does it mean to “be saved”? Well, it’s really not about, “if you died tonight do you know where you’d go?” That’s really not the point of salvation. What it does mean, however, is to live in a restored relationship with God, to participate in what God is up to, to join God in the Creator’s ongoing initiatives of grace, and to walk day-by-day with Jesus.
Keep reading if you’re wondering what all this means for you – DEREK
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.