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Foundations For Our Future #61

Foundations for Our Future (61)

by: The Reverened Dr. Jon Shuler

 

One of the basic realities of life is this: If you are not getting the results you want, something is wrong with what you are doing. If you are satisfied with the results of your effort, you have the perfect system. We all need to apply these truths to our life in the church if we have begun, as many of us have, to sense a divine unease. Where do we begin?

Throughout church history, whenever God has begun to stir his people to a time of renewal and advance, he takes his people back to the story of the first Christians. He opens to them the book of the bible known to us as the “Acts of the Apostles.” This is the second volume of  Luke’s gospel, and it is a summary of the church from the day of Pentecost to about AD 60.

The place we need to start to see the life of the early church is to go to the second chapter. We read there of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, the first sermon of Peter, the amazing response to that first sermon, and the way in which the apostles organized the new converts. Here we must rest our attention.

We are told those who had come to faith were baptized, and then that they “devoted themselves to the apostle’s teaching and fellowship, the breaking of bread and the prayers.” (Acts 2:42) Let us begin with the teaching. They taught about Jesus.