- Lorie Hedgepeth
"...And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost..."
“ And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”
This passage of scripture penned over 2,000 years ago describes the birth of God’s Church. Church planting originated with the Holy Spirit planting the first church in Jerusalem. That church provides us with a Biblical ministry model for every church, regardless of location or denomination. This is what we learn from Acts Chapter 2 about that first church:
That church took serving God seriously. Acts 2:42 says they continued “steadfastly”. Churches that are driven by comfort and convenience will have minimal impact on their community.
Doctrine, fellowship, and prayer were priorities in the Acts 2 Church (Acts 2:42).
The Acts 2 Church, which is our timeless template for ministry, was a signs and wonders church. That church was a Spirit-Empowered Church (Acts 2:43).
The Church of Acts demonstrated God’s love by sharing with others and meeting the needs of people around them (Acts 2:44-45).
The Acts 2 Church was a praising church. Praise music on the platform doesn’t mean there is praise in the pew. When the people of God sing and speak forth the praises of God something happens - God begins to move by His Spirit and people are drawn to God.
The Church of Acts was a soul winning church (Acts 2:47).
Today, God’s church is at a place on God’s prophetic timeline that it has never been before. Spiritual warfare is intensifying by the day. The supernatural dynamic of the Spirit-filled life has never been more relevant to or needed by any culture in human history. With confidence joy and excitement, we can proclaim the glorious provision of Jesus’ last promise:
“But ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost has come upon you and ye shall be witnesses unto me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”