“REENTRY THROUGH SELF SURRENDER”
 
Day 18
 
Week 3 Day 4
March 31, 2021
 

            Well, you have made it to hump day everyone! Excellent work. Today’s acrostic letter is C and stands for COMMUNITY. What does that atmosphere look, feel, sound like to you? To me it looks like Acts 2:42-43. For context though, I challenge you to read up to verse 47. Verse 22 in (NAS) says, “They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles teaching, to fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer. Everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles.” The dictionary defines community as “a feeling of fellowship with others, as result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.” Jesus is what you have in common with other Christians. This in turn creates unity because together you share the same mind, relationship, heart, and spirit. The combination of these two statements common plus unity equals Community. Remember there is no unity without you.

            Let’s chat about these 4 things from Acts 42 briefly. First, devoted to teaching. This involved dedication to the Great Commission of making disciples. Our common mind is derived from Christ. 1 Cor 2:16 tells us, “we have the mind of Christ.” The same Spirit which dwells in you dwells in me. In numbers there is power friend. Where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there with them. (Matthew 18:20). Second, there was a devotion to fellowship with one another. Again, in Acts there was dedication to God, one cause and each other. In Greek “Koinonia” speaks of participation, sharing and contribution. That fellowship was consistent and should be displaying you are by demonstrating who God is. Philippians 2:1 explains when God’s spirit is shared it brings people together.

            Thirdly, they broke bread together. I think most of you have partaken of Holy Communion. At this time, I want to discuss Merriam Webster’s meaning especially when taken in unison. “It is a Christian Sacrament, which consecrated bread and wine are consumed as memorials or symbols of Christ’s death. On this realization spiritual union occurs between Christ and the partaker as the body and the blood of Christ.” You can find it in the Bible in the book of 1 Corinthians 10:16-17. To speak plainly here, Holy Communion is not just something we do it’s what we become because of the spiritual interaction that takes place during it. If you allow it!!!! Basically, you become the body of Christ, as you remember His sacrifice with the bread of brokenness. Then the blood of redemption, you experience in a sense, the places He bled for you: the crown of thorns for your peace of mind, the stripes He bore on his back for your healing, His hands and feet represent service and authority, and His side where our broken hearts are healed because His heart was broken first. The result is a sameness of body and. singleness of blood/heart. I believe this is was the approach the apostles chose, which resulted in many miracles.

            Lastly, they united in prayer. How does this happen within a church? Ephesians 4:1-6 sheds some light on this subject. My bible titles it the Sevenfold unity of God and Man. I’ll call it “the Seven Ones”: One Body, One Spirit, One hope, One Lord, One faith, One Baptism, and One God, Father of all. Seven is God’s number for completeness of perfection. One means unified, single, not divided, equal, and the Holy Spirit matures us in it. Ok, how does this relate to prayer then you ask? God’s power is exponential where unity is common (happening frequently) in our prayers with others. How often I need to be reminded of that. Acts 4:41 says “When they had prayed their meeting place was shaken; 3,000 souls were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the Word of God fearlessly.” I want that kind of result in prayer.

            Let’s prayJesus thank you for being devoted to us so we can be devoted to your teaching and to others. Create a spirit of unity in our mind which brings forth the bond of peace. May Your desire to fellowship with us stir us up to share with one another openly. Bring us closer to together in Communion so we may experience the remembrance of sameness of body and singleness of heart. As we pray now Holy Spirit, empower our unique gathering to achieve the impossible to see souls, saved, healed, and delivered because You complete and make us whole. In Jesus name, Amen

 

 

Week 3 Day 4

April 1, 2021

            Well, you have made it to hump day everyone! Excellent work. Today’s acrostic letter is C and stands for COMMUNITY. What does that atmosphere look, feel, sound like to you? To me it looks like Acts 2:42-43. For context though, I challenge you to read up to verse 47. Verse 22 in (NAS) says, “They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles teaching, to fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer. Everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles.” The dictionary defines community as “a feeling of fellowship with others, as result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.” Jesus is what you have in common with other Christians. This in turn creates unity because together you share the same mind, relationship, heart, and spirit. The combination of these two statements common plus unity equals Community. Remember there is no unity without you.

Let’s chat about these 4 things from Acts 42 briefly. First, devoted to teaching. This involved dedication to the Great Commission of making disciples. Our common mind is derived from Christ. 1 Cor 2:16 tells us, “we have the mind of Christ.” The same Spirit which dwells in you dwells in me. In numbers there is power friend. Where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there with them. (Matthew 18:20). Second, there was a devotion to fellowship with one another. Again, in Acts there was dedication to God, one cause and each other. In Greek “Koinonia” speaks of participation, sharing and contribution. That fellowship was consistent and should be displaying you are by demonstrating who God is. Philippians 2:1 explains when God’s spirit is shared it brings people together.

Third, they broke bread together. I think most of you have partaken of Holy Communion. At this time, I want to discuss Merriam Webster’s meaning especially when taken in unison. “It is a Christian Sacrament, which consecrated bread and wine are consumed as memorials or symbols of Christ’s death. On this realization spiritual union occurs between Christ and the partaker as the body and the blood of Christ.” You can find it in the Bible in the book of 1 Corinthians 10:16-17. To speak plainly here, Holy Communion is not just something we do it’s what we become because of the spiritual interaction that takes place during it. If you allow it!!!! Basically, you become the body of Christ, as you remember His sacrifice with the bread of brokenness. Then the blood of redemption, you experience in a sense, the places He bled for you: the crown of thorns for your peace of mind, the stripes He bore on his back for your healing, His hands and feet represent service and authority, and His side where our broken hearts are healed because His heart was broken first. The result is a sameness of body and. singleness of blood/heart. I believe this is was the approach the apostles chose, which resulted in many miracles.

Lastly, they united in prayer. How does this happen within a church? Ephesians 4:1-6 sheds some light on this subject. My bible titles it the Sevenfold unity of God and Man. I’ll call it “the Seven Ones”: One Body, One Spirit, One hope, One Lord, One faith, One Baptism, and One God, Father of all. Seven is God’s number for completeness of perfection. One means unified, single, not divided, equal, and the Holy Spirit matures us in it. Ok, how does this relate to prayer then you ask? God’s power is exponential where unity is common (happening frequently) in our prayers with others. How often I need to be reminded of that. Acts 4:41 says “When they had prayed their meeting place was shaken; 3,000 souls were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the Word of God fearlessly.” I want that kind of result in prayer.

Let’s pray…Jesus thank you for being devoted to us so we can be devoted to your teaching and to others. Create a spirit of unity in our mind which brings forth the bond of peace. May Your desire to fellowship with us stir us up to share with one another openly. Bring us closer to together in Communion so we may experience the remembrance of sameness of body and singleness of heart. As we pray now Holy Spirit, empower our unique gathering to achieve the impossible to see souls, saved, healed, and delivered because You complete and make us whole. In Jesus name, Amen