Like many of you, I am a list maker. Making a list keeps me on track and accountable.
One of my favorite things to do is to make lists when I am studying or reading God’s Word. When I come across action, absolute, and repeated words in the Bible, I get excited because I know God is getting ready to show me something!
The other day while reading the book of Acts, the word “continually” jumped off the page!
The early church continually devoted themselves to ~~
- the apostles’ teaching,
- the breaking of bread,
- going to the temple
The early church did all this with~~
- gladness and sincerity of heart
- praising God
- having favor with all the people
- Day by day, the Lord was adding to their numbers, and people were being saved! (Acts 1:14, 2:42, 46-47).
In my heart, I said, “Lord, please do it again!”
Unfortunately, Brothers and Sisters, Christianity is declining.
Christianity is the most adhered to religion in the United States, with 75% of polled American adults identifying themselves as Christian in 2015. This is down from 85% in 1990, lower than 81.6% in 2001, and slightly lower than 78% in 2012. About 62% of those polled claim to be members of a church congregation. – Wikipedia
Why is the Church not growing? Somewhere down the line, we failed to continue practicing the precepts of the early church by subtracting or adding to the simplicity of worship. Prayer, teaching, and fellowship became routine, and the anticipation of assembling together to praise God has been replaced with things that create emotion. When the early Church met together, they simply praised God with gladness and sincerity of heart!
When we do things God’s way, He will bless and honor our efforts because it’s the way He would do it if He were doing it Himself!
Church, Staff Member, Sunday School Teacher, Ministry Team, doing things God’s way means speaking the truth in love when you discern Jesus is no longer the center of worship. When we assemble, nothing and no one deserves His place of worship and honor.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8), and if about 3,000 souls who heard Peter’s sermon on the day of Pentecost can be saved in one place at one time, I know He can do it again today, but it has to be His way! (Acts 2:41).
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