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The Acid Test

Read Acts 2:42-47 & 2 Peter 1:1-21 – The Acid Test

“For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.” 2 Peter 1:16

The test of a church is not just doing the right things; it is more concerned about the right attitudes, heart and relationships. Luke’s account in Acts was focused on how and why the early church looked the way it did.  These new believers were like newlyweds – they just couldn’t seem to be apart from one another. They were devoted to all the things the church did together; teaching, fellowship, breaking bread, and the prayers. The competitive “me first” attitude of the disciples (Mark 9:34, 46; 10:35-40) is gone; now the believers are characterised by generosity, meeting needs, eating together, opening their homes, exultant worship and ridiculous joy. This is not just “togetherness;” this is unity. This is not just human affection; this is genuine love. Beyond this, there is a deep sense of awe in all of them about what God was doing. Sure there were amazing miracles but seeing people joining them every day and the church spreading was miraculous in itself. They were experiencing new life and joy, fellowship and worship, repentance and freedom, boldness and Holy Spirit power. All things available to any New Testament church today that follows God’s building pattern. A New Testament church is a church in which God is present through His Spirit, and in which He is powerfully at work to glorify Himself by manifestations of His power and grace. A place where the fruits of the Spirit are as evident as the manifestations of His power. That is the kind of church we desire to be. In the early church, there was a constant mood of praise and celebration as their community life glorified God. As we start a new year, let’s commit to take the lessons from our brothers and sisters recorded for us in the Book of Acts and make 2018 a year of powerful Holy Spirit led community for our church. Pray today:

· Pray for our church in 2018. 

· Write down what this time of prayer and fasting highlighted in your life?

· Enjoy breaking the fast with church family!

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