Bramhall Baptist Blog July 2020

Church leaders around the world have been seeing parallels in this season of Pentecost between the early church in the book of Acts and our situation in lockdown.  God seems to be transforming the world and the church in this time, so what can we learn from the life of the early church?

 

  • They met together every day (Acts 2 v 46).  We can’t physically meet together, but there are lots of opportunities to connect with others from our church in homegroups and prayer meetings as well as by phone.  If you are feeling cut off from the fellowship at this time, please get in touch with one of the Elders.

 

  • Verse 42 in Acts chapter 2 says “they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer”.  Some of these we aren’t able to do, but what we can do at this time is to saturate ourselves with God’s word, through reading the Bible and also through reading Christian books and listening to some of the Christian talks available online.  We also need to pray, both together with other people and as individuals. We are in the middle of a spiritual battle against the powers of darkness, we need to put on the armour that God has given to us (Ephesians 6 v 13) and we need to “pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests” and to “keep on praying for all the Lord’s people” Ephesians 6 v 18.

 

  • The early church was open to God doing new things amongst them (Acts 10).  We also need to seek God to see what He is doing at this time, what things we might need to lay down as a fellowship, and what new things He might be asking us to embrace.

 

  • They gave to anyone who had need (Acts 2 v 45).  We need to be looking out for those who are struggling in any way at this time.

 

  • In Acts 2 v 17 God promises to pour out His Spirit on all people.  That promise is for us.  1 Corinthians 12 v 7 says that we have each received the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.  We all have one or more gifts that God has given especially to us to serve in our church.  If we are not using that gift, then the church is not able to fulfil what God is calling us to do.  If you are not sure what your gift is, then ask God to show you, or ask someone who knows you well.

 

            In this time of uncertainty and transition, God is calling Bramhall Baptist Church to be the church He made us to be. Each of us has a part to play in that.

 

            Ruth Meal