As we consider our Acts 2 community of faith we continue to reflect on the decisions the first believers made to be part of the church. They continued to choose to devote themselves to teaching, to prayer, to fellowship, to worship, to small groups and to corporate worship, whilst continuing to live their daily lives. What do you think? Do you think their environment was fun, faith-filled with abundant life? Or was it dull. We know that the promise of the word is that it will be fun and faith-fill and full of life. The question is, what do you believe? If you believe this, it is easy to devote yourself to this community of faith. The pay off is clear. It happened in this 1st church as we see the fruit; the Lord added to their number daily those who were being save. What is your decision.
When the day of Pentecost came they were together in one place. There is power in being together, spiritually, emotionally and congregationally. This was the environment which the Holy Spirit came. Question: Why did the Hoy Spirit come. Answer to give us the power to overcome the work of the enemy; which is manifest in death, disease, debt. Therefore, go into all the world and preach the gospel of the good news, heal the sick, raise the dead, drive out demons, speak in new tongues, knowing that you carry authority to overcome.
Last Sunday was Mother’s Day and we promoted truth, that mothers are God’s idea. The Bible says in Ephesians 6:2-3 “Honour your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise--3 “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” This promise is not related to one day a year. It is a revelation of creation of how God designed and desired things to be. How are you living this promise?
We have been wondering down the road with the disciples as they wrestled the reality and revelation of the resurrection and asking the question, who is this Jesus and what does this mean to us now? As Jesus ascended, they were instructed to stay in the city and wait.
Luke 24:49 “And look, I am sending you what My Father promised. As for you, stay in the city until you are empowered from on high.”
Where are you in journey?
Last Sunday we discussed the disciples who were on the way to Emmaus after the resurrection. We discovered somethings. After a shock or an event that you didn’t expect these are the things you should do.
1) Talk to a friend. 2) Look at the word of God, with an overall world view. 3) Get a good bible teacher to help you. 4) Look for Jesus.
If you do these things you will end up in the right place. If you don’t you may have walked down the wrong road.
In the week following Easter, Jesus has risen and he no longer walks through doors. Have you noticed that? In scripture he either walks through walls or just appears. This is because he is the door and doesn’t need a door any more.
John 10: 7 Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.
The bible says he stands at the door and knocks, Revelation 3:20, at your heart. So you have a door, will you let him in?
As we continue to think about Easter and the power of the atonement, the price paid for you and me and we reflect on pastor Maribel’s words. The message she brought is one that is challenging and inspiring, through the testimony of her life, which reflects a life given unto the Lord. Her words reflected this as she reminded us of the ten leapers and the one who came back and continued to be thankful for what Jesus’ had done for him. We say it often, God loves you and paid a great price to be in relationship with you. Are you feeling that love today? Are you feeling grateful?
Last week we reflected on our Lord’s walk to the cross and considered substitutionary atonement. As we continue to walk with Jesus throughout this next month, I would like you to take the time to stop, think, pray and consider your life and his. We see a picture of Barabbas being set free and our Lord being condemned. How is this possible. In all other world religions, the believers atone for themselves. But only in Christianity is atonement paid for by the God we worship. Now there’s a thought.
Last week Jacqui talked about the revelation that we are part of God’s family. In this she highlighted that it is a family of complete unity with a foundation of love. Jacqui encouraged us to think about what it means to be part of this loving family. From this revelation we can build our lives in the security and peace of God, because we simply know God loves us. In the challenge of living in an earn and deserve culture, it is often easy to think that God is like that with us and will withhold his love if we are naughty. This is a lie. God loves us. God loves us, God loves us and that is the end. We are part of his family. What does this mean for you?
The word of God is seed. Many people wish to be large, prosperous trees. In Mark 4 the bible talks about the parable of the sowing and uses this analogy to suggest that the word of God is a seed. And that seed if it is valued and mixed with faith will grow up in your life and bless you. Many people wish for crops of 30, 60, 100 fold, but they have not valued the seed. What ideas has God placed inside of you. When You water it with confession, water it with mediation, water it with faith, water it by acting it out in your lifestyle the seed will become a tree. It will bless you and many others. What is the seed God has given you for 2018?
Terry Kubala is the senior pastor and founder of Faith City Church.