Courageous Faith and Acts 4
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|As we read the Book of Acts together you will notice that there are several themes that are repeated over and over again. There are two thoughts that I keep coming back to.
Thought #1: We continue to see the powerful connection between the passionate prayers of the early church and the power of the Holy Spirit. After the Sanhedrin releases Peter and John, they go back to the other believers and report what has happened. Then a prayer meeting breaks out. They praise God for what he has done. Then they cry out for the power of the Holy Spirit, and the Spirit of God moves in powerful ways among them.
Here are three questions that we should constantly ponder as we read the Book of Acts. Question #1: Am I/Are we crying out to God in prayer with the kind of passion and energy that we see demonstrated here? Question #2: Do we have a desire to see God do things we can’t explain? Question #3: What can I do today to pray like this?
Thought #2: We see an amazing spirit of love between the early followers of Jesus. They shared a love for the world, yes, but more importantly we see, once again, the incredible love that they had for each other.
Look at Acts 4:33-35 with me: “With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need.”
Again, Let me ask a few questions: Do we as a church live in such a spirit of generosity to each other that there will be “no needy persons among us”? Are those of us who have more, willing to share with those of us who are in genuine need? And how far would that generosity go?
As we continue to read Acts together I wanted to give you some things to prayerfully consider.
I am looking forward to seeing you on Sunday.