By: Darrelyn L. Tutt"And when they were come, and had gathered the church together, they rehearsed all that God had done with them, and how He had opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles."Acts 14:27------A few brief assertions from this passage:1) The early church did not gather to speak about all "they" had done, but about all God had done.2) The early church rehearsed the acts of God together and testified to His power which they witnessed in repentant and receiving Gentiles.3) The early church accepted, encouraged, and fostered the theme of redemption, healing, and hope.4) The early church recognized God as the opener of the "faith door" and thereby "closed the door" on human ego, self, and pride.5) The early church identified God in the experience of personal and corporate identity."... they rehearsed all God had done with them." -------Faith is not a denomination,it is a belief in the finished work of Christ who, alone, guaratees a man his full redemptive rights through the blood which He shed for our sin.Faith is a door which only Christ can open.+A Gospel void of the blood is rubbish.+A Gospel void of repentance is vain.+A Gospel promoting the stations of men and disrupting the course of repentance is lost, gone astray, and unstable and unsound. +A Gospel void of faith is dead.Redemption remains the theme of God and, a clear and constant rehearsal of His acts, testifies to His glory alone.The acts of God are impregnated with glory and truth; and only those who are repentant are subject to a filling of Him.Repent. Rehearse. Receive.Christ opens the door to grace ... in all who believe."And He took bread and gave thanks, and broke it, and gave unto them, saying, 'This is My body which is given for you; this do in remembrance of Me.' Likewise also the cup after supper saying, 'This cup is the new testament in My blood, which is shed for you."Luke 22:19-20Enter in.------THREE STUDY EMPOWERMENTS1) Let's continue our read through of Acts by engaging in chapters 14-19.Observe what makes the early church so strong, united, and God-glorifying.Do we not experience the keen power of repentance at work before Holy Spirit empowerment and filling?Hmmm ...Perhaps the best place to begin is in confession upon our knees.--------2) What individuals speak the language of the "true" church in your life?Who is engaged in fostering a spirit of repentance, healing, restoration, and unity?-------3) Where Christ opens the door of faith ... there is true empowerment.Are you experiencing repentance, restoration, and rejuvenation?Why or why not?--------Love the life you live ...Liberated. Rejuvenated. Restored.
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