Spirit-Filled, Spirit-Empowered

Acts 2:4, 42-43

They were all filled with the Holy Spirit…They all gave full attention to the teaching of the apostles and to the common life, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. Great awe fell on everyone, and many remarkable deeds and signs were performed by the apostles.

As one views modern congregations, many with their hectic rounds of activities…one suspects that socialization is being substituted for the gospel, warm-hearted busyness is being offered in lieu of Spirit-empowered community. One wonders if the church needs to reflect again that when all is said and done “one thing is needful” (Luke 10:42), namely to embody, in the church’s unique way, the peculiarity of the call to devote ourselves “to the apostle’s teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers”.

~William Willimon

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