What Is a Church to Do?
I have been a pastor since I was an 18 year old boy. The Lord called me to preach at the age of 16 and then at the age of 18 I had my first church. I went on to school and finished college. I finished graduate school and at my first church out of graduate school, I became a frustrated young pastor.
I wanted to be everything God wanted me to be as a pastor. I knew God had called me to be a pastor, but I wasn't sure just exactly what I was to do and how I was to go about it. In that first church out of graduate school, I was led by the Holy Spirit to a study of the book of Acts.
Someone has called the book of Acts, "Infant's Progress," because in this book we have the birth and the growth of the baby church. There you see the principles and the procedures which the Holy Spirit gave to the church in those days so that the church would be everything that God would want it to be.
As I began to go through the book of Acts and study it, I found what the church is intended to do. As you move through the book of Acts, you will discover that there are certain stopping points and there are certain passages and pictures in the book of Acts which describe that growth and development of the early church.
It's like a little cameo of what a church is intended to be. It's like someone who is climbing a mountain and you get to a certain place and you stop there on a plateau and you look back on where you have been and where you are going.
The thirty-first verse is one of those cameos, one of those plateaus in Scripture. It summarizes what the church is intended to be and what the church is intended to do.
There are two words that are the load bearing words in this verse. It says, "Then had the churches rest and were edified." That's the first word. "Walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, were multiplied."
Those of you who had heard me preach through a per ...
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