This is on the heels of Peter’s prolific sermon on the day of Pentecost. Some 3,000 souls were saved & baptized that one day.
Sometimes we lose sight of what revival is. All we have to do is get in the word of God to understand revival. We won’t ever have another day of Pentecost, but we can still live in its power.
On that day, 17 different nationalities heard the word of God in their native tongues.
The Bible gives us the best pattern on how a church is supposed to operate.
If a church is not accurately preaching the word of God, revival will never occur.
The reason most people get nothing from God at church is because they expect nothing. If you come in anticipation, then you will be filled.
When you are born again, you are expected to get baptized as a proclamation of your faith. This is a picture of what Christ has done for us. We don’t get baptized to get saved, we get baptized because we are saved.
On the day of Pentecost, the church grew from 120 members to 3,120. And these new believers continued steadfastly in doctrine & fellowship.
If your church no longer preaches the truth of the Bible, then get out.
Fellowship is an important part of church membership. We should want to be around each other. There is great power in fellowship.
When you miss church, you ought to “miss” church because your heart craves the fellowship.
It’s difficult to break bread and be bitter at the same time. It’s hard to pray with people you do not like. It is important to break down barriers daily.
We talk about prayer but we don’t pray. Prayer is a command. Pray without ceasing.
We must learn to bathe this in prayer because even the best preaching can only sustain a church for so long.
People do not fear God, and that’s why we live in sin. We fear man more than we fear God.
In the church of Acts, the apostles were performing many signs and wonders.
The church members, despite their various ethnicities, nonetheless came together as one. They sold their belongings and gave to those who were in need.
During this time, God struck down a man & his wife who lied about their tithes & offerings. This was the first time disunity was introduced into the church. This is what God thinks about disunity.
People in church have needs, and a genuine church will recognize and meet those needs.
They were of one accord and did not talk about one another behind their backs. They were focused on why they were there. They were single-minded and let nothing distract them.
There were as many as 30,000 people in Jerusalem alone who were meeting in small groups as the gospel was spread.
We ought to praise God no matter our circumstances. Let’s just be happy to be saved.
Those in the church of Acts not only had favor with one another, they had favor with the rest of the community. They stood for something and this got people’s attention.
The Lord added to their number daily. After this point, God multiplied. God’s way is always the healthy way.
When God finds a congregation He can trust, He will bless that congregation and add to it. So let’s give God a reason to trust us and He will abundantly bless us. He is wise to where He invests His resources.