For the last several weeks we have been looking at what made the first church great in Acts chapter 2. They experienced great times of being together for worship, Bible study, prayer and fellowship. They had a spirit of giving themselves, to God first and then to each other. They experienced a great sense of community and sharing with each other, and they were motivated to go out into the world and make disciples. The first church experienced tremendous growth as God moved through them and among them. It was exciting to be a part of the body of believers that God was using to accomplish His will.
What sets that first church apart from most churches today is their reliance on the Holy Spirit. The key to being the awesome church they were is found in Acts 2:4: "They were all filled with The Holy Spirit." This made all the difference in their lives and their approach to ministry. It was the Spirit who gave them the power to touch their world, and it was the Spirit who gave them a passion for the things of God.
The Holy Spirit working in each of our lives is what we all need. We need to be filled with the sense of God's presence with us, the power of Him working in us and the passion to serve Him. We can't replace Him with programs or methods or anything that we can do. We need Him to supply what we need. I'm excited about the challenge to be filled with the Holy Spirit and look forward to the tremendous release of power in the church as we come together and share in the awesome work of building God's Kingdom until He returns.