The New Testament Church

The New Testament Church

 

Acts 2:43-45 (ESV) ~ 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.

 

Godly Fear in the Church:

  • The early believers were a people who stirred souls with godly fear. Fear doesn’t mean terror or fright. It means …
    • A godly fear, a fear of God, of His displeasure and judgement
    • A holy sense of God’s presence
    • A consciousness that God is working
    • A reverence for God and for what is happening
    • A sense of awe and wonder
  • In verse 43, we see what stirred the public to be so aware of God, to be in awe of what was happening, it was the signs and wonders being done. Notice that there were many as well.

 

Mark 16:20 (ESV) ~ And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by accompanying signs.

 

 

Church Unity:

  • The early believers were a people who were together and who shared in ministry. It is critical for the church to pay close attention and heed what is being said in this point.
    • The professing believers were true believers. They were those “that [truly] believe”
    • The believers were “together” (ēsan epi to auto PWS: 4319). This means they were together in the same place because they were of the same call, mind, and purpose. It does not mean just being in the same location and place. They would not have been together unless they had been of the same spirit and purpose. This is critical to God’s call.
    • The believers sold their possessions and goods and used the money to minister to the poor and needy.
      • Why would they go to such a drastic extreme to minister? There is one critical reason: Christ commanded it. The church too often denies and ignores it, but denial of the truth does not do away with the truth.
      • Acts 2:44-45; Matthew 19:16-30
      • A rich person is anyone who has anything to put back beyond meeting the true needs of his own family.
    • What Christ demands is that we give all that we are and have to meet the needs of those in such desperate need. We are to hold back nothing. This is often the great complaint against Christians, that we just do not believe, not really. The evidence of our unbelief is seen in the insistence of Christ, the demand that we give all we have to feed the starving and meet the desperate needs of the poor and lost of the world. But we don’t. Gandhi, the great leader of India’s independence, is said to have never embraced Christianity for this very reason. How many others have rejected Christ because of our hypocrisy?
    • Just imagine how long ago the world would have been reached with the gospel if professing believers had been honestly committing their total lives to Christ, giving all they were and had to His cause of world evangelization!

 

Pastor Andy Lambert

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