Watching the news these days is pretty depressing, isn’t it? It seems like each day there is some tragedy that happened, some political debate being talked about or some injustice being practiced. It’s these things that should move our hearts as the church, to respond and pray for revival to come. So where do we look? How do we, as the church, fight for the truth? The book of Acts is all about the gospel being preached and the church being multiplied. This is where we need to look as we shape how we do ministry on a day to day basis with a community of believers.
“All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper) and to prayer.” Acts 2:42
When we look at this verse we can see 4 disciplines that caused great movement in the church. These four things were the foundation of their walk with Jesus and is an example we should follow.
“All scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”
We are to study the word together. God’s word is our source of life. If we are not being fed by Scripture, we will see the negative effects of that in our life. Reading through the Word together allows for accountability and energizes and strengthens our relationship with God. We have the opportunity to wrestle through hard or confusing passages together and ask God for wisdom and that is a gift! If we have to eat 3 times a day to keep our bodies alive, remember how important it is to feed our bodies with the Word daily.
“If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad.” 1 Corinthians 12:26
Fellowship is more than the 2 hours you spend at church on Sundays. Fellowship is a daily interaction with believers. We are to share our lives together- every part of it. We share our burdens, worries, and struggles so our community can come in and support us. We also get to rejoice and celebrate with each other in the blessings. If you don’t have a community of believers that you can share the good and bad with, pray that the Lord would strategically place people in your life! It is, however, our duty to make it a priority. It may be uncomfortable at first, especially if you are doing it alone. But if it is a desire of your heart, the Lord will answer that prayer.
Breaking of Bread/Sharing Meals
“They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity-all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people.” Acts 2:46
We need to be daily reminded of the work Jesus did on the cross. Because of the cross, we have fellowship with Jesus, we have been reconciled to God! We get to sit down to a meal with Jesus and with each other. Let’s remember this truth each day as the apostles did.
Prayer is so powerful. Isn’t it amazing to think that we have immediate access to God, our Father, all the time, no matter what the circumstances? How often do we take that for granted? I don’t know about y’all but having someone pray over me is such a refreshing and life giving moment. To hear words of encouragement spoken over me from friends and brothers and sisters in Christ immediately softens my heart. I recently went on a trip with my church and the Sunday before we left, we went to the front of the church and they prayed over us. Hearing the support and prayers from the community that was sending us out brought so much peace as we left. I knew that we had people praying for us the entire week and that was powerful! I challenge you to be a person of prayer- when God has put something or someone on your heart- pray for them right then, no matter where you are at!
“And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.” Acts 2:47
Pray for revival in each of these areas of your heart. As the Lord revives our hearts, we can go and revive those places He has called us each to individually and as the church. We are meant to live in community with other believers and as we do life together, great movements can happen in a world that so desperately needs Jesus.