Monday in the Fourth Week of Easter

Text: Acts 2:42-4:61

Prayer Pointers:

For boldness in believing

For new habits in the Spirit

For teachers of the Word

Many commentators and teachers talk about how this early phase of the church was all about “spreading the Word,” as if the only point was a drive to get the message out. I don’t think that’s quite right.

Yes, starting with the apostles and then with others, the word was proclaimed, but by that I mean that Jesus was proclaimed. There is Good News, and it is about Jesus, who reconciles us to God, and makes all things new! But there is an interesting move that happens as this Good News about Jesus is announced and taught: people begin adjusting their daily life habits.

The core of the early chapters about Acts is its examining of how daily life is shifted, even upended: people sell possessions and share the proceeds; people who should not mix or spend time together are now looking for ways to break bread together; people start learning how to do the things that Jesus does, like prayer to the Father. People begin learning and living a new way of life, and their joy in this new way is so strong it still hops off the page two millennia later.

Easter joy ~ Pr. Dave Brooks


Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church

824 N. Buchanan Blvd. 

Durham, NC 27701

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Mission Statement: We are called to Welcome Everyone to Walk the Way of GRACE, and walk in that way in our individual lives, in our shared life in our various communities, in our common life with our neighbors, and even to the world at large as God sends us. The Way of Grace is to: GROW with Jesus, REJOICE in God, ANSWER with hope, CARE for the neighbor, and EMBRACE community.

Vision Statement: God has a plan FOR OUR LIVES, and so we teach how to walk in the path of Jesus Christ; FOR OUR NEIGHBORHOODS, and so we work to build healthy and strong communities; FOR OUR CITY, and so we share life with our neighbors in Walltown, Trinity Park, Duke, and the Triangle; and FOR OUR WORLD, and so we go with Good News.

Core Values: Because God loves us first, we value worship rooted in Scripture and Sacraments, service to all people, and being a welcoming community that loves and forgives one another.