PRACTICE THE HABITS OF A SPIRIT-FILLED CHURCH
In Acts 1, Luke wrote that Jesus told the disciples to remain in Jerusalem and wait for the Spirit to come upon them. Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to empower them to carry out the mission of making disciples.
We define discipleship-making as the process of bringing people to Christ, building them up in the faith towards Christlikeness for the purpose of spiritual multiplication, resulting in the glory of God. Today, the Lord continues to seek and to save the lost through the Holy Spirit working through us. We are here for a purpose – to make disciples starting in our homes.
In making disciples, the Spirit-filled followers of Jesus at Jerusalem practiced certain spiritual disciplines or habits in the power of the Spirit.
Be a consistent learner of God’s Word (Acts 2:42-47).
When you pursue or do something continually, persistently, and regularly, it becomes a habit. It becomes part of your system. The followers of Jesus pursued the spiritual practices diligently, regularly or consistently, and continually. When we yield to the control and empowerment of the Holy Spirit continually, persistently, and regularly, we will see amazing results.
Do life on life with others (Fellowship) Acts 2:42, 44-45.
Loving one another is a mark of regenerated hearts. (John 13:34-35) It is produced by the Holy Spirit in the life of a believer. It is the first fruit of the Spirit cited in Galatians 5:17.
The person who does not love has not been born again. This is clear in the bible. As the apostle John wrote: 7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 1 John 4:7-8.
Give generously and consistently of your time, talents, and treasures in serving your family and your spiritual family in CCF. Invest your lives in people by loving them radically, starting in your home/ your family. Be a witness in word and deed.
Be a consistent true worshipper (Acts 2:42, 46-47a).
The Spirit-filled disciples also met consistently to worship Christ. Their worship includes the breaking of the bread - Lord’s Supper (Luke 22:19) - and prayer aside from learning from apostolic teachings.
The early church met regularly and consistently for worship in the temple courts (Acts 2: 46). So, they consistently practiced congregational worship.
Aside from the Lord’s Supper, the Spirit-filled church in Jerusalem also worshipped God regularly and consistently by praying together. Prayer is part of worship. We pray not just individually, but also collectively. The early church prayed not just in the small groups in their homes but also collectively in the church when they gather in the temple courts.
Be a consistent witness for Jesus (v. 47b).
It is the Lord who saves and who changes lives. Our part is to tell others what God did through Christ and we follow through with this by inviting them to our small group meetings and Sunday worship service, and by the way we live – not as perfect people, but broken and in the process of transformation.
Evangelism was regularly practiced by the early church. It was part of its community life and it was not sporadic or a once a year “outreach” or “mission” activity.
Read Psalm 1:1-3 and Colossians 3:16. Share what is your personal plan or method for consistently spending time in God’s Word. How have you or those around you seen the effect of God’s Word in your life? How are you allowing others to admonish you and how vulnerable are you to others about your struggles?
Read 2 Corinthians 8:1-4 and John 13:34-35. Take turns telling each other in your family/small group how you see yourselves sharing your time, treasures, talents at home and/or in the church family. Also encourage each other how you can improve.
Read Acts 2:46-47a and Hebrews 10:24-25. Ask your family or small group to tell you how you model a consistent life of worship and prayer to them? In what way do they see that you are devoted to not forsaking the assembly of believers in the worship service setting or small group?
Read Acts 1:8, 2:47b. How can you encourage each other to share the gospel to others? What is God’s part and what is your part?
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