Our church is currently reading through the Book of Acts. This is one of my favorite New Testament books as it tells us the story of the church, as God intended it to be. It was a church birthed by the Spirit, made up of normal everyday people and led by leaders who lived lives of dependence on Jesus for direction and guidance. It was not without challenges, both internally (in the form of sin, false doctrine and division) and externally (in the form of persecution). As we read the narrative, there are so many lessons to learn and principles to glean for being Christ's community in our time and culture. Try to re-imagine what Jesus had in mind for his church.
P.S. Click here for a few of my devotional notes from the Book of Acts.