by Terry J. Hallock

What Do They Think of Us?
Terry J. Hallock
Acts 5:12-16
February 16, 1997

We once again turn to the Book of Acts where we're given yet another snapshot of the community Jesus built and called His Church.

"The apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders among the people. And all the believers used to meet together in Solomon's Colonnade. No one else dared join them, even though they were highly regarded by the people. Nevertheless, more and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number. As a result, people brought the sick into the streets and laid them on beds and mats so that at least Peter's shadow might fall on them as he passed by. Crowds gathered also from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing their sick and those tormented by evil spirits, and all of them were healed."

These ordinary people were doing extraordinary things. In a sin sick natural world they were a supernatural Church! Lives though to be unchangeable were changed. Circumstances believed to be unconquerable were transformed. There was such power in the Jerusalem church the sick were laid by the side of the road so that as Peter passed by his shadow might touch them because supernatural power was present even in his shadow. Those who looked on knew these "miracles and wonders" had nothing to do with the human ability of the Apostles and everything to do with the divine presence of The Spirit.

They were a supernatural Church in a weakened natural world, and they were a growing Church in a dying world! I want you see something vital The Word has to teach us here. Verse 13 tells us that when the believers gathered each day at Solomon's Colonnade in the Temple, "No one else dared join them." Yet the very next verse says, "Nevertheless, more and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number." What's going on here? How can The Word say on the one hand that "No one else dared join them" and then in the next breath declare "Neverthel ...

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