Wednesday, February 1, 2012

What does a Spirit-filled church look like?




What does a Spirit-filled church look like? (and I'm not talking about architecture)

Some responses:
Animated
Loving
Vocal/Not quiet
The Spirit moves
Gifts of the Spirit 
Liberty


Acts 4:32 ¶ And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common. 33 And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all. 34 Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold, 35 And laid them down at the apostles' feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need. 36 And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being interpreted, The son of consolation,) a Levite, and of the country of Cyprus, 37 Having land, sold it, and brought the money, and laid it at the apostles' feet.

One Heart and Soul
-          Sinful pride destroyed by repentance, prayer, and worship
-          Serving one another rather than striving against one another
-          Connected to the Spirit is to share His heart – love
-          If we get in tune with God’s mission we will be of one heart and soul

All Things Gifts
-          All things they had were for other people too
-          Easy come, easy go
-          Do you have anything that is not a gift from God?
-          If we are a Spirit-filled church we are ready to give to those who have needs

Great Grace Received
-          What is grace?
-          When you’ve been given much you’re more ready to give much
-          When grace is received it makes room for more grace 
-          A Spirit-filled church is a church of grace