EXPECTATIONS can shape us in both positive and negative ways. They can help us become better people. Our parents teach us their expectations for how we will behave and treat our elders. Our teachers set expectations for how we conduct ourselves in their classrooms. Our spouse, children, and close friends likewise expect things from us (sometimes unstated things that we completely miss), and we have our expectations of others. However, too many expectations can leave us burdened and stressed and threaten our morale…. Some churches have very low expectations of their members and attenders, for fear of driving them away. But research indicates the fastest growing churches have high expectations for their members.
—Linda Tower Pevey
We are the Church … Let’s Act Like It: A Study on the Book of Acts
From page 24 & 28 of We are the Church … Let’s Act Like It: A Study on the Book of Acts by Linda Tower Pevey. Copyright © 2019 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.
Would you prefer to be a member of a church that expects nothing of you or one that expects you to contribute to its life or mission? Share your thoughts.
Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common. With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold.
—Acts 4:32-34, NRSV
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