Listening to @nixonng here at Victory Malate… on the distinct characteristics of the Church
We are part of a communal community called the #Church and we are all a work in progress
The sad thing with many churchgoers today see #ChurchTM as a product to consume and not a family or a community to belong to
Acts is divided into six sections and each section ends with a growth spurt of the #ChurchTM
In Acts 2:41, 3,000 should were saved in one day - in a way #ChurchTM started with a big growth spurt!
While @nixonng is talking about the Pentecost in Acts 1:1, I just realized that today is actually The Day of Pentecost (The Day Of Harvest) in 2019 which coincides also to what theologians / scholars consider the birth of the #ChurchTM
Previous to the Day of Pentecost in Acts 1:1, all previous manifestations of the presence of God was wind and fire on a place but Acts 1:2-3 wind and fire descended on people, we are #ChurchTM… think of this as the Biblical anchor - @nixonng
Assemble! Being called out to an assembly! Ekklesia = "the called out ones", #ChurchTM predated The Avengers by 2,000 years! - @nixonng
Based on Acts 2:5,… a church in Rome was planted because Paul wrote to it previous to his desire to visiting it (the universal #ChurchTM = every nation under heaven)
The whole point of #ChurchTM is Jesus! Acts 2:36…
It all starts from being "cut to the heart", Acts 2:37… #ChurchTM
Do we remember the time when we were cut to the heart, and our hearts become tender and we are humbled before God? #ChurchTM
The "and" in Acts 2:42 is an ascensive conjunction that could have better been translated to "moreover", "on top of this", "this is the life you have entered into" or your "but wait there's more" #ChurchTM
The word "devoted" in Acts 2:42 actually means, "a continual devotion"… this is the first hallmark of #ChurchTM
The 4 devotions, in Acts 2:42: apostle's teaching, fellowship, the breaking of bread and prayers #ChurchTM
Fellowships are deeper than friendships. Fellowships mean you have the same beliefs #ChurchTM
The word "prayers" in Acts 2:42 means an exchange of wills with God (you bend the knee)… otherwise prayer will be like the rubbing of the lamp and God will be "blue" to you #ChurchTM
When a believer is cut to the heart, now when you combine a formulated prayer, what was once a meaningless prayer becomes a fervent prayer #ChurchTM
Only once who has been cut to the heart, can devotion have meaning otherwise our devotions can be hollow #ChurchTM
Real "signs and wonders" point to Jesus and should fill us with awe on how great God is. The greatest sign and wonder in the #ChurchTM is the changed life of every believer.
You can only give what you possess Acts 2:45… #ChurchTM
Gather, Scatter / Inhale, Exhale / Strengthen, Share, Acts 2:46… the #ChurchTM was meant for believers to be strengthened and sent out (hopefully apostelo and not ekkbalo)
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