Acts


In Acts 4:32-37 we read about how the early church eliminated poverty within their own community. From the context we learn that there were several thousand believers in this young fellowship. In verse 33 we read, “And with great power the apostles were giving testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all.” Why were they so generous? It was because great grace was upon them all. They didn’t cling to their things and in fact viewed them as if┬átheir property┬ádidn’t even belong to them (4:32). As a result of this generous spirit in the early church their was not a single person among them who had a severe lack of resources to take care of their necessitites (4:34). In the middle of this we have already pointed out that they were giving testimony to the resurrection with great power. How did this “great power” manifest itself? Certainly in the preaching of the word, but also in the way in which the early church successfully erased poverty among those in their group. Keith Green once said that the welfare system wasn’t something that used to be needed because the church was the welfare system. What if our mission statements included a sentence about us seeking to eliminate poverty within our bodies? This would certainly cause unbelievers to take a second glance.

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Acts 1:1-8 In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, 2 until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. 3 To them he presented himself alive after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. 4 And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me; 5 for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” 6 So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

On Sunday, April 22nd, we will begin our study together on the book of Acts. I can’t tell you how excited that I am to begin teaching the Word of God to you on a weekly basis. In Acts 1:8 we will be looking at our vision for church planting which includes planting a new church every three years! Yes, this is a HUGE dream but I believe that our Lord is all about planting new churches here in Charlotte (our Jerusalem), in Judea (North and South Carolina), in Samaria (North America), and to the ends of the earth (international). My prayer is the God will light a fire in your soul as He has in mine to see New Testament communities pop up all over the world through the ministry of Enjoying God Fellowship. Our mission is to bring people into the true worship of the living God through His Son Jesus Christ. I’m so pumped. I hope you are, too!