Thursday, June 2, 2011

Jumping to Acts

For some reason I randomly decided to switch to the book of Acts. If you follow you should know I was in Exodus, but here we go with Acts.
I have already read Act 1-3. I am learning a lot about witnessing and how the church should be. I am only going to focus on a couple of lessons today.

"They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord's Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity-all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their groups those who were being saved." Acts 2:46-47

It's clear what we as Christians are called to do. A healthy Christian community will attract people to Christ. Are we is the question? A loving church will grow in numbers....are we? What am I doing, what are you doing to make the church the kind of place that will attract others to Christ? How am I, how are you hindering those from walking through the doors? It's kind of scary to think about!

"The lame man looked at them eagerly, expecting a gift. But Peter said, "I don't have any money for you. But I'll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, get up and walk!" Acts 3:5-6

The lame man was asking for money, but instead he got something much better...the use of his legs! I know this is true in my life...I often ask God to help me with small problems. However, He exceeds my expectations by helping with ALL my problems, giving me a whole new life. I think so often we don't even know what we need and God is sitting back saying "I've got something far better for you...more than you can even imagine!"

Question: When is the last time you witnessed to someone (like Peter was doing in Acts)?
My answer: I have no idea!


Jenny C said...

Sadly my answer is the same. I have NO idea!! I think I have fallen in the "I will just treat people good and serve others and see if they will start asking questions" trap. It's time we be intentional :) I am so glad that you will be coming to the BMoore study. Love

Amanda said...

I'm a new follower here! Found you through Jenny C! I believe we can learn a lot from the early church. I studied Acts in depth last fall and really enjoyed reading and understanding what being a Christian is all about. The more I learned, the more I realized it isn't about the number of people coming through the doors and it isn't about how much money we shell out when the offering plate comes around. Being a Christian is all about helping people. About doing something for others when we would rather be doing anything else. My witnesses aren't preaching from a pulpit, they are small acts of kindness with a loving spirit. Also, it's amazing how much it can mean to someone (Christian or not) to say, "I'll pray for you." I love your blog, I think you hit it on the head with your points. God Bless!

Ashley Snell said...

Thanks Jenny and Amanda...and Amanda I am so happy to have a new follower! What did you use to study Acts in depth? I know the Bible ;), but did you study with any other books?

Amanda said...

We actually did it as an organic church. It was pretty neat. Once a week several friends from all different walks of life would come together just to fellowship and be with the Lord. We would eat dinner and then study the bible together. So, we didn't really have anything to study with, but I found it interesting that we were studying Acts and trying at least to act like the 1st century churches.

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