New Testament


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!

This month I have been spending lots of time in Luke’s Book of Acts. I am taking two months to read to letter written to Theophilus. I am reading chapters 1-7; 8-14; 15-21; 22-28 each day in two week sections.  So, this morning I read chapters 8-14 in their entirety. One of the things that stands out to me in the Acts is the fact that for the most part, the American Church looks nothing like the early church. I’m not merely talking methods, but theology, philosophy, and attitudes as well. When we begin meeting together Acts will be our first study as a community. I invite all of you to begin working your way through this wonderful gift from God. Try to spend a month on the book. Work out any plan you wish (one chapter a day, one section a week). I want you all to KNOW this book. I look forward to sharing with you all that God has shown me in Acts and how those truths will shape who we are at Enjoying God Fellowship.

Soli Deo Gloria