Knowledge and revelation are only valuable when we actually do something with them – when we put them into action. We are not meant to blend in, compromise our theology, or back off from what God is calling us to do. We need to remind ourselves that we exist primarily for Jesus and His mission – not for ourselves or the world. For the church to reach the coming generations we all have a unique part to play, but it may mean we need to surrender some of our own likes and dislikes regarding how our church should be run. Remember that God has put you in this church for a purpose.
1 Cor 12:18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.
In Acts chapter two we see the birth of the New Testament church – a pattern for us to follow.
Acts 2:46,7 (NLT) They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity – 47 all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.
The church in Acts chapter 2 was:
Spirit-filled. As they were all worshiping in one accord together, God’s Spirit suddenly came upon them. They understood that their first call was to prayer, worship and consecration.
A church that valued the Word. They realised the scriptures are not simply a collection of wise sayings or a book of tips and suggestions on how to make life better. We need to understand that they are the final authority on everything. They don’t just contain truth – they are fundamental truth. It’s our responsibility to live out the Word daily.
Christ-centered. We must never forget that only through Jesus do we have the answers the world needs. Only He can set us free from the problem of sin and death. Only through His death on the cross can we receive eternal life. We need to constantly remind ourselves of what His death and resurrection mean for us.
United. They understood that in the midst of great diversity, their greatest need was to be working together in strong bonds of unity – in one accord. We too come from many different backgrounds, but the more we can get along and work together, the more freely and powerfully God’s spirit will be able to move in our church.
Relational. They spent time together – not just on the Sabbath, but also during the week in each other’s homes. They got involved with one another’s lives, helping each other out and even sharing around their goods and possessions.
A worshipping church. They knew the power of coming together to give God their thanks, praise and worship.
Generous. They were willing to help meet the financial and material needs of the church and its members. There was a strong sense of community.
A functioning church. They were prepared to get involved with the practical work of helping out wherever there was a need.
An evangelistic church. They spread the word and brought people along.
Just like the early church, we can’t do the job on our own. We need the Holy Spirit to be moving and working amongst us. Only He can save a person’s soul. We need to develop a culture where we all value praying and seeking Him.