When God called us to return to Crestview, He instructed us to be different. He called us to not say we are a New Testament church, but to be the community of Christ-followers who are an example of the early church that Jesus built. A song I used to listen to when I first came to Christ was "The Basics of Life" recorded by 4Him. This led us to go to the book of Acts and read about the early church meetings. The verses that stood out were:
They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
Everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles. And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common; and they began selling their property and possessions and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need. Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved. (Acts 2:42-47 NASB).
And when they had prayed, the place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness. And the congregation of those who believed were of one heart and soul; and not one of them claimed that anything belonging to him was his own, but all things were common property to them. And with great power the apostles were giving testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and abundant grace was upon them all (Acts 4:31-33 NASB).
And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they kept right on teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ (Acts 5:42 NASB).
[Just to clarify, in the early church, the people were not selling everything they owned. As God led them,
they sold or gave things they owned that were in excess. If a person had two coats and met someone who
had no coat, the one with two would give his excess coat to the one who had none.]
The things we notice are that everyone participated. People spent time together, encouraged each other, and learned from each other. They ate their meals together (no one went away hungry). Those who had extra food fed those who had none. And above all, they prayed. Not simply talking to God, but devoting themselves... to prayer. They praised God. Continuing with one mind, the intent of which is seeking God's will, they spent their days and nights.
Therefore, this is what we want to bring, first to the city of Crestview, and then to the rest of the world. Our mission statement sums these early-church characteristics as Pray - Serve - Disciple - Repeat. We are starting when and where we can, and we are anxiously awaiting and watching for what God is about to do!