This Sunday, we continue our series “Powerhouse” with part 2, taking a look at what happened in the early church once the power of the Holy Spirit fell. Before the Spirit came, the believers had one initiative: wait. After the Spirit came, that changed to GO. People became drastically changed and attracted the attention of outsiders, and the structure of the church was changed! Many picked up a “proskarteréō,” or “steadfast” behavior of consistent effort and devotion to Jesus, which is evidence of the Holy Spirit!
There are four major changes we can observe in someone who truly surrenders themselves to God. First is devotion to the apostle’s doctrine! We need to recognize the difference between tradition and doctrine, and remain steadfast to the teachings of the Bible.
The next observable change is fellowship; partnership and community with other believers! We need to love others, believers and nonbelievers, as God loves us. God is seen and known through the love manifested in the corporate body! Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is a desire for fellowship accompanied by the corresponding acts of love.
The third devotion should be to the breaking of bread. The early church took the Lord’s Supper from Pentecost and turned it into love feasts. These meals were an extension of the divine fellowship birthed in them by the Spirit! It spoke to them as an inseparable bond between them and Jesus, and a pledge to share with and love one another.
The last steadfast devotion that should become evident in a new believer is prayers. Recurring and constant prayer reflects a dependence upon Christ and a connection with Him! The apostles understood the correlation between knowing God, doing His work and prayer. As instructed by 1 Thessalonians 5:17 instructs, “pray without ceasing!”
Let’s begin to look at ourselves and at each other, working towards becoming a house that truly has been baptized by the Spirit and expresses these outward changes of steadfast devotion to Christ and His Word! Let’s become a true powerhouse!!!
1 John 4:11-13
2 Peter 2:13
1 Corinthians 11:20
1 Thessalonians 5:17
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