The Model of the Early Church
The Bible book of Acts is also called the Acts of the Apostles. The apostles were ordinary men whose distinguishing trait was that they had seen Jesus. In having encountered Jesus the Messiah, called by Him and taught by Him, they were challenged to rise above themselves and to carry on where Christ had left off. Their mandate (known to us as the Great Commission) was, as Christ commanded, to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20). Yes, they were ordinary, but as the Holy Spirit descended on the day of Pentecost, they were transformed into courageous men who fulfilled that mandate, spurring the early church into dynamic growth that turned the world upside down!
May 20 The Spirit Arrives, Evangelism Thrives
Something awe-inspiring happened to the disciples on the day of Pentecost. “A sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.” The Holy Spirit had descended as Christ had promised, and the early church was born!
May 27 Tongues Are Spoken, Many Are Broken
The outpouring of the Holy Spirit was elucidated by the prophet Joel centuries earlier: “I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions” (Joel 2:28). What did the vision mean?
June 3 Church Vision for Great Commission
The early church grew by leaps and bounds as the disciples shared the story of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. What can we learn from them as we live for Christ in our generation?
June 10 Power Revealed, Beggar Healed
When the lame beggar encountered Christ, did he know that point that healing would occur? What did it take for healing to happen? What kind of healing took place then, and can it happen in our time?
June 17 One Man Sins But Christ Will Win
The sin of the first couple catapulted the whole human race into a cycle of sin and punishment. Is there hope for us? Specifically, is there hope for fathers today, seeing that the first father failed so miserably?
June 24 A Beggar Walks Then Peter Talks
The lame beggar gets healed, and the phenomenon attracts the attention of the populace. What can be understandably viewed as an irreversible tragedy, God can turn into an opportunity for the preaching of the gospel and the accomplishment of His purpose.