People of the Word, Not the World (2 of 5) by Terry J. Hallock

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People of the Word, Not the World (2 of 5)
Series: The Church: What We Were Meant to Be
Terry J. Hallock
Acts 2:14-47; Hebrews 4:12

As we continue this journey into understanding who and what we were meant to be as the Church, we return briefly to two first principles.

Number One: we are Jesus' Church and no one else's! In Matthew He declared, ''On this rock I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.'' Jesus is the architect, builder, and sustainer of this Church because it is His Church. Therefore our first desire must be to let Jesus have His Church back, for if we surrender to any other master but Christ we'll no longer be the Church Jesus built and thus we'll no longer be the Church Jesus protects.

Number Two: As Jesus' Church we are meant to be patient powerful witnesses. ''But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.'' Like the Church of Acts we must wait on Jesus to lead and do nothing until He does. We must wait on Jesus to fill us with the power of His Holy Spirit and not act until He does. But once He says, ''Here's my will and receive my Spirit'', we must not sit idle dreaming of some ''sweet by and by''. We must witness to the world who Jesus is by letting it see who we are in Him.

Last Sunday, as we journeyed through those first days of the Church recorded in the Book of Acts, it became clear that because they were willing to wait and pray, those ordinary folks were equipped to do extraordinary things. When the Day of Pentecost came, the promise Jesus had made also came. The Holy Spirit poured into that upper room and descended on each believer like a tongue of fire. The energy He created within them sent them into the streets of Jerusalem where 3,000 strangers suddenly became 3,000 new brothers and sisters...and from that point on the Church Jesus built on the rock and bought with Hi ...

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