Presentation on theme: "EASTER THEN AND NOW. Acts 2:42-47: “They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone."— Presentation transcript:
EASTER THEN AND NOW
Acts 2:42-47: “They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were
done by the apostles. All the disciples were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day
they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts,
praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”
This passage tells of another miracle established by the resurrection a church made up of ordinary people that God used to change their world.
These new converts didn’t believe that Jesus was who He said he was until they saw how it affected His disciples’ every day life.
They were: committed to the teachings of Jesus; loved to fellowship with each other; loved to pray; filled with an awe for their great God; miracles were happing in their lives;
crazy generous to help one another materially; faithful to go to worship; joyful; genuine; and loved to praise God-in and out of worship.
No wonder people were joining every day.
But the reality is that God still wants to do these things this Easter!
Do we need some help? JESUS, the crucified Son of God who was resurrected from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit is our only hope!
Everything they had, we have.
1.They had the teachings of Jesus. 2. They were eye witnesses of the resurrection. 3. They had the power of the Holy Spirit.
Could it be that Jesus is saying to Ridgecrest today, “You have everything they did so your life can be radically changed like theirs, and you can radically change your world like they did!”
If we submitted our lives to Jesus and relied on His power and His wisdom what would our church look like?
He would change us into people who: -are committed to the teachings of Jesus -love to fellowship -love to pray -are filled with an awe for our great God
-see miracles happing in our lives -are crazy generous -are faithful to go to worship -are joyful -are genuine -love to praise God-in and out of worship.
And the world around us would have the same response as back then. People still need all of these today.
Here are our two Scriptures for the future: Zechariah 4:6 declares, “Not by might, nor power but by my Spirit, says the Lord Almighty”.
Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
In other words we are to be disciples not just converts.