April 5, 2013

The Book of Acts tells the story of the first-century church and how its humble beginnings gained a foothold in a godless world to become a community of believers spread all across that world. This amazing growth did not happen overnight and not without significant obstacles.

Persecution, natural disasters, famine and the godless influences of the Roman Empire threatened the church from without. Yet, the most formidable obstacle to confront the early followers of Jesus came from within. Racial and cultural prejudice could have destroyed the growth and influence of the early church. These first century followers of Jesus had to find a way to overcome the animosity and division between Jew and Gentile.

Acts 2:14-21

“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (2:21). Take time to pray for people in your life who do not know Jesus. Ask God to give you opportunities to tell your story and to share how the power of his Spirit makes a difference in your life.