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.
July 1 A Man’s A Fool To Ignore God’s Rule
There is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved than the name of Jesus! And when His followers humble themselves and pray and seek my His face and turn from their wicked ways then, according to His promise, He will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land!
July 8 Prayer Awakens, Things Are Shaken
When God’s people pray according to His will, something amazing happens: God shakes things up, helps them overcome fear, and they are given boldness to proclaim Him.
July 15 Authentic Caring, Generous Sharing
When God’s people sacrificially share of their possessions and their lives, needs are met and the community around them stands in amazement at the love of God on display.
July 22 Missionaries Sent, People Repent
When a church prays, the Holy Spirit opens their eyes to identify those who are ready to be sent out from their midst to proclaim Christ to a people needing His saving grace. Their obedience results in changed lives.
July 29 Some People Lie, Then They Die
Holiness is God’s priority for His church. When it is compromised, God’s discipline is imminent. How can a church body keep its purity?
August 5 For Backpacks We Pray, On This Special Day
It’s Backpack Sunday! Our morning worship gathering will be filled with excitement as children pre-K through grade 12 and their parents as well as college students, teachers and other school personnel will be invited to have a blessing spoken over them by our pastor. The day will continue with food, festivities and fun. Please bring a towel and change of clothes for your children as we will have a water slide and water games.
August 12 A Suffering Story, So God Gets Glory
The Bible is replete with stories, among them the persecution of followers of Jesus Christ for the sake of the gospel. It is a reality in our time. And the time may be closer to believers in America than we dare to think. How can we prepare for such a time?
August 19 Widows Fret, Then Needs Are Met
There was a problem in the first century church regarding a physical need. Men were chosen to meet it and the results demonstrated that God’s gifts used God’s way will enable a church to grow at a pace that points to God’s power.
August 26 Miraculous Grace, Angelic Face
Stephen was a disciple of Christ who was killed because of his devotion to Him. What prepared him for that moment?