BIBLE READING|ACTS 2:1-12
Most Pentecostals believe in, and speak in tongues as the initial evidence of the baptism of the Holy Spirit as it happened to the Apostles on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4). This experience was great and should be coveted by every believer subsequent to salvation.
“My congregation membership has more than doubled in less than 3 years growing from 200 to 430 members. The growth is credited to my Welfare and Visitation Teams that spent time and resources to identify the needy, the widows, the non-indigenes and foreigners amongst us, responded promptly to their needs, thereby making them feel loved and cared for by the church. They invited their neighbours and colleagues at work to church and we grew to this number. The gifts of the Holy Spirit alone at work would not have led to this numerical growth and commitment of the
members.” This was the summary of the report of a Pastor at the annual Conference of a new generation Pentecostal Church in Port Harcourt, Nigeria 2 years ago.
Pentecost in the Acts of the Apostles set the agenda for a new way of doing church. There was unity, sharing, caring and sacrifice – Acts 2:44-47. Nobody knew who was rich or poor. In Acts 11:26, the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch due to their lifestyle.
What measures can your church put in place to practice the lessons of togetherness, sincerity, sharing and love as it was in the early church?
PRAYER: Father Lord, please make me a source of blessing in my local church today
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR |1 CHRONICLES 25-27& JOHN 9:1-23