Join us in the second part of our series as we continue to discuss how Jesus meant for the church to be, and how the early church imitated Jesus.
If we don’t have a biblical view of Jesus, we can become consumed with our personal preferences and traditions, and resistant to change. Jesus didn’t just want to inspire us, but to inspire us to inspire others. Check out our newest One Quick Thought to learn more about how Jesus changed the world and how we can follow his example.
So now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family.  Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself.  We are carefully joined together in him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord.  Through him you Gentiles are also being made part of this dwelling where God lives by his Spirit.
Ephesians 2:19-22 NLT
I am fascinated by the Acts of the Apostles. It is the only account we have of how the first Christians spread and multiplied during the thirty years following the death of Jesus.
Thirty Years that Changed the World, the Book of Acts for Today, Michael Green
His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms,  according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Ephesians 3:10-11 NIV
From this moment on, everything in this world is about to change, for the ruler of this dark world will be overthrown.  And I will do this when I am lifted up off the ground and when I draw the hearts of people to gather them to me.”  He said this to indicate that he would die by being lifted up on the cross.
John 12:31-33 TPT