A RECIPE FOR
THE SUCCESS OF THE CHURCH / Acts 1:26
I know this isn't a good excuse, but the one reason why I had quit
going to church, is due to the fact of "hypocrites" being in the church.
They whisper behind your back about how one is dressed, they drink and
gamble, they lie, and talk bad about others, and back stab other's, etc.
And, I can enjoy spending times with God at home better than I can at
church, because the churches seem to have become corrupt with people who love to
cause mischief. But, I am beginning to get back into church if, my health and my
mother's health will stop getting in the way of us going.
There are certain standards that the "Church" was to be ran and
how God expected it to be and it isn't to be ran evilly or corrupted. For a church to
be a success in God, they have to prepare and do as God wants them to do and how they
are to teach Read Below!
And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he
was numbered with the eleven apostles.
In Acts 1, Luke was setting the stage for and previewing the
material of the balance of the book of Acts. He included many of the ingredients for
the successful spread of the gospel message:
People : People have always been Godís plan for the delivery of his message
(Acts 1:2, 8, 11, 13-14, 21-26).
Prayer : Prayer was the first, best step in every decision of the early church
(Acts 1:14, 24-26).
Preparation : The apostles demonstrated their knowledge of and belief in the
importance of the Scriptures. Godís Word should be learned, trusted, obeyed, and
applied to life situations (Acts 1:1-4, 7-8, 16, 20).
Power Christís promised Holy Spirit power forms the basis of the
churchís ability to accomplish great things for him (Acts 1:8).
Promise : The church must always live in the conscious reality of a returning
Savior who will come back in the same way he departed (Acts 1:9-11).
Pattern : Our task is not so much to be preachers as it is to be witnesses. A
witness tells what he or she has seen and heard. We speak the news and spread the
news (Acts 1:8, 11).