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Read Acts 2 – The Early Church

“Everyone was amazed at what God was doing…” (v.43a)

As we fast and pray together, we’re going to take a short journey into the early church and the community of believers that formed after the Holy Spirit fell at Pentecost. The first Christians were revolutionaries. They met in their homes and devoted themselves to living out the gospel. The Greek word Luke uses for devoted (proskarterountes) means they kept their attention firmly fixed on the teaching and spent their time learning. As a result, these early Christians brought about the most amazing and powerful transformation. Think about it for a minute. These believers emerged in a diverse Roman melting pot of social and religious ideas, and through purely peaceful means created a dynamic movement across the Empire united under the banner of Jesus. And they did it without a single mega-church, television program or website. They simply opened their homes, spoke the truth fearlessly and trusted God for the results. Long before any denomination or political influence, the church was a divine movement of God. The church did not have a comfortable home in a building but it was an active body of passionate believers! The first community of saints reflected the power and design of God in their lives as a family of believers. The early Christians didn’t just attend church, they were the Church; an active, energized body of believers equipped to change the world. Today’s Church can surely learn something from them.

Pray today:

· Spend some time thanking God for the Church. Imagine being a Christian alone without a community of believers – we have much to be thankful for.

· As we begin this fast together, let’s pray that our church family is strengthened in every area in 2018. What is God saying to us?

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