The Apostles healed many

In the Book of Acts 5:12-16 there is a section titled, “The Apostles healed many” in the Bible. It says…

“12 The apostles were performing many miraculous signs and wonders among the people. And all the believers were meeting regularly at the Temple in the area known as Solomon’s Colonnade. 13 But no one else dared to join them, even though all the people had high regard for them. 14 Yet more and more people believed and were brought to the Lord—crowds of both men and women. 15 As a result of the apostles’ work, sick people were brought out into the streets on beds and mats so that Peter’s shadow might fall across some of them as he went by. 16 Crowds came from the villages around Jerusalem, bringing their sick and those possessed by evil spirits, and they were all healed.”

In this section we see that the Apostles healed many people who were brought to them at Solomon’s Colonade. It even says people were brought to them from surrounding villages.

Why was healing an important part of the early church? It seems there are miracles happening all the time. A number of people have asked me why over the years. Here are a few reasons I believe.

1. People sought God – there was an atmosphere of people really seeking God. They wanted to know the Lord and His will. There was a real hunger for the things of God.

2. Apostles teaching – people were really interested in the Apostles teaching. They wanted to learn more and more about God. In previous chapters we see the people were devoted to it.

3. Prayer – the early church was a place of constant prayer. We often read of people meeting together regularly at the Temple or in homes for prayer. They understood prayer is our lifeline to God.

4. Validation – the signs, wonders and miracles validated the Apostles teaching and preaching. They spoke of God’s plan for salvation through Christ and they backed it up with miracles to show God was with them.

5. God’s compassion – All the miraculous healing showed God’s love and compassion for suffering people. When miracles are taking place we see a God who is alive and active and cares for people in need.

6. Faith – there was a general atmosphere of faith. People were looking to God and believed that God was working through the Apostles. This is why they brought their friends and family for healing.

7. Salvation – this is ultimately why God is involved in our lives. He wants us all to be saved. 2 Peter 3:9 tells us that God does not want anyone to perish, but all to come to salvation. He wants us to know Him and spend eternity with him.

These are just some of the reasons why healing was such a big part of the early church. It is a big part of why signs, wonders and miracles still happen in some churches today.

God Bless,
Dave

Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians sermon

Hi all, my latest sermon is online now. It looked at Ephesians 1:15-23 and Paul’s heartfelt prayer for the Ephesians.
We saw that not only was it Paul’s heart for the Ephesians, but it is God’s heart for us today. We looked at six main points…

  1. Paul prayed for Spiritual Insight and Wisdom
  2. Paul prayed they would understand the confident hope
  3. Paul prayed they would understand the greatness of God’s power
  4. Paul prayed they would understand that Christ is above all things
  5. Paul prayed that they would understand that Christ is the head of the church
  6. Paul prayed that they would understand that we are Christ’s body

If you would like to see the full message, you can find it here.

God Bless,
Dave

What did God say about food?

Ever wondered what God said about food and eating? He mentions it in the very first chapter of the Bible. Right after he created mankind.
Genesis 1:29 – Then God said, “Look! I have given you every seed-bearing plant throughout the earth and all the fruit trees for your food”

When we read that it looks like a pretty simple food plan. Eat these things and you will be eating the food God intended for us!

God Bless,
Dave

Real sharing

In Acts 4:32-37 there is a great passage that shows real Christian community in the early church. It says…

32 All the believers were united in heart and mind. And they felt that what they owned was not their own, so they shared everything they had. 33 The apostles testified powerfully to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and God’s great blessing was upon them all. 34 There were no needy people among them, because those who owned land or houses would sell them 35 and bring the money to the apostles to give to those in need. 36 For instance, there was Joseph, the one the apostles nicknamed Barnabas (which means “Son of Encouragement”). He was from the tribe of Levi and came from the island of Cyprus. 37 He sold a field he owned and brought the money to the apostles.

There are several things that jumped out at me when I read this.

1. They were one heart and mind, so much so that they shared their possessions. As a result, nobody was in need.

2. The Apostles were able to focus on preaching the message of Christ and His resurrection. And blessing followed them all.

3. When they sold land or property they brought it to the Apostles to distribute to those in need. They didn’t decide themselves.

These are three really good things we can think about. I wonder how different our lives and churches would be if we lived more like the early church?

God Bless,
Dave

Four devotions, seven results

In Acts 2 there is a section of Scripture that talks about a new community of believers that formed after Christ returned to heaven and the Holy Spirit came. It talks about the things they focused on and the results.

Acts 2:42-47 – All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer. 43 A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. 44 And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. 45 They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. 46 They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity– 47 all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.

What are the four things they focused on as a new community?

  1. The Apostles teaching – this would have been the Old Testament, the teachings of Christ that they had heard, and the way they believe the new community of believers should live.
  2. Fellowship – this is about doing life together as a new community of believers. It would include helping each other, worshiping and praying together, getting to know each other, and being one in Christ.
  3. Sharing meals – this means everyday fellowship and sharing meals with one another including sharing communion. This is about deeper relationship more than just seeing people in church once a week.
  4. Prayer – prayer is our lifeline to God. When we pray alone we become closer to God. When we pray with others we get closer to each other and seek God’s blessings, help and direction together.

As a result of doing these four things, we see a number of results or blessings.

  1. Sense of awe – they were in awe of what God was doing in their midst.
  2. Signs and wonders – the Apostle performed miraculous signs, wonders and miracles.
  3. Regular meetings – the new community met together regularly in homes and at the Temple.
  4. Shared – they shared money and possessions and regularly shared meals.
  5. Worship – they worshiped together daily in the Temple.
  6. Favour – they enjoyed the goodwill and favour of the people around them.
  7. Saved – more people got saved and were added to the church.

The thing I find interesting is when we as Christians focus on the right things and are fully devoted to them, great things happen. Devotion to God and His Kingdom, brings blessings and all types of Divine favour.

Let us purpose in our hearts to devote ourselves to the things of God. Things like the Bible, fellowship, sharing and prayer.

God Bless,
Dave