Jan 13, 2015
I've noticed oftentimes there's two camps of people in the church, at least when it comes to the goal of "getting back to New Testament Christianity". There's the one that focuses on the supernatural aspect of how the early church flowed in the gifts of the Holy Spirit, healed the sick, performed miracles, signs and wonders and like in the book of Acts, thousands of people were added to the Kingdom of God.
But often times those who focus on the early part of Acts 2, neglect the end of the chapter, which says,
And they devoted themselves to the apostles'
teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the
prayers. And awe came upon
every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the
apostles. And all who
believed were together and had all things in
common. And they were selling their possessions and
belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had
need. And day by day,
attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes,
they received their food with glad and generous
hearts, praising God and
having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their
number day by day those who were being saved. (Acts
Then there's the camp that focuses on having "community", but practically balk at the idea of the supernatural and have little interest in flowing in the gifts of the Holy Spirit like earlier in that same chapter.
Today we're going to start talking about combining the two and how we need a supernatural community amongst believers if we're to see results like the early church did in terms of a disciple-making movement in our day.