Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Is there Strength in the Promise? - 31 Days in Acts




I hope you read yesterday's blog post because this one is the continuation of Acts ch 2


The 120 waiting in the Upper Room received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.


But that wasn't the end of it.



The Promise of God was not just for the 120 who had been waiting 
but for all that were there.

Yes the 120 received the blessing but because of them others were now being given the chance to have their lives changed as well.


The 120 spoke in other languages and received boldness to witness.


When they spoke in all those other languages, that the foreign visitors to the city could understand, they gained the attention of so many people from near and far.

Peter then was able to use that opportunity to speak out for God.

Verses 14 - 39  had covered his sermon


Verses 40 - 47 now show the result of Peter's boldness through the Holy Spirit.
He had preached the Word of God from the scriptures they knew well and 3,000 people responded.

This was 25 times the 120 that had waited in the Upper Room.

This was 250 times the number of the disciples.

All those people had their lives changed in that day.


A church was the result and it continued to grow.

Why?
Because they were still in one accord.


They must have been still in agreement because verse 42 tells us




steadfastly:
fixed in intensity or direction; steady; 
unwavering or determined in purpose or loyalty

If they were not in one accord they would not have continued to do what they had been doing before but they knew the instructions Jesus had given them and they were guided by the Holy Spirit and they were wise to obey.


We can see 10 reasons for the preservation and growth of the church here too.

  1.  They were steadfast people.
  2.  They knew the doctrine/scriptures were very important.
  3.  They knew Godly fellowship was important.
  4.  They kept the command of communion that Jesus had given them.
  5.  They were faithful to pray.
  6.  They were in awe of God.
  7.  They were used in the miraculous.
  8.  They stayed together.
  9.  They shared with each other and were not selfish.
  10.  They took care of each other.



These are not just things that affect the people of a church, these are the things that strengthen the people of the church to face the world and spread the gospel and that hasn't changed today.

Yes there is strength in the promise!


Do you need strength to face the world and spread the Gospel?


Do you need strength to face the world and spread the gospel?

Then follow the example set in verse 42 and be in one accord in worshipping the Lord.

I'm trying to read and write about the Book of Acts for 31 Days so please come back and join me for some notes & some thoughts each day. 

As the month goes on each Day's Link will be added in 

The 31 Days in Acts Page




6 comments:

  1. yes I do! strength and assurances of His power and promise.

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  2. hi sandra, i'm your next neighbor at 31 dayers. my series is on care taking but some days have applications to others beside caretakers. the one today has more Scripture than usual. it was interesting reading your post on Acts. thanks. have a blessed day:)

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  3. Another excellent post! I did read yesterday's, and love this one as well. Loving reading through the book of Acts again. And I love your list of reasons for preservation and growth of the church. Such good reminders for all of us!

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  4. Love your 10 steps!!! Truth and great encouragement!

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  5. Love Acts, there's so much in there, and so many fulfilled promises from the Old Testament.
    I did a 31 Day Write about Holy Communion a couple of years back for October Write 31, but I've condensed it down a bit now, as it was overwhelming for people.

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