RE Verse reading–Acts 2:41-47, 4:32-35 “For the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. . .If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22-23, 25) It can be discouraging to look at the picture of the early church. Their “first love” (Revelation 2) expressed itself in such dramatic and desirable ways. We, sadly, do not present the same picture and feel ashamed by the contrast. Facing this, it will be a mistake to focus on outcomes rather than cause. It is not our job is to shape ourselves like the early church. It would be impossible even if we tried. Our task is to follow the Spirit of God. As we do, He will shape our church in ways, old and new, that will powerfully impact the world for His glory and people’s good. What was possible then is possible now–and more! The way forward is to walk by the Spirit.