The vibrant church is one that is powerful and lives in the miraculous…
Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day. 42They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
The disciples devoted themselves to the apostles’ teachings. The teachings of the disciples were backed by the power of the Holy Spirit. The vibrant church is called to not just be devoted today, but also operate in the power of the Holy Spirit. It is not our persuasive words, but God’s power that we are to utilize to speak to people about salvation.
God backs those people that stand on His word. We want to move as the church did then. We then need to not follow the culture of today that wants doctrine to fit the agenda of the world.
The disciples devoted themselves to the breaking of bread. We see this when the church is doing communion. We are taught that we do it in remembrance of Jesus- of His covenant with us. On our own we do not have power. The vibrant church is effective when we seek this of God.
Prayer is something the church is to do, as the disciples exampled for us. The vibrant church sees that there is power in prayer.
What are we greatly dedicated to? What are we loyal to?