Happy 34th Anniversary, Westheights Church! Todd’s message was entitled “THE CHURCH THAT CHANGED THE WORLD.”
TO RECEIVE GOD’S BLESSING WE MUST …
1. PRAY FOR GOD’S POWER
Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.
Acts 1:14 They all met together and were constantly united in prayer.
Acts 2:2-3 Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting. Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them.
Acts 2:43 A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders.
2. USE EVERYBODY’S LANGUAGE
Acts 2:4b And everyone … began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability.
Acts 2:5-8 At that time there were devout Jews from every nation living in Jerusalem. When they heard the loud noise, everyone came running, and they were bewildered to hear their own languages being spoken by the believers. They were completely amazed. “How can this be?” they exclaimed. “These people are all from Galilee, and yet we hear them speaking in our own native languages!”
Acts 2:11 …we all hear these people speaking in our own languages about the wonderful things God has done!
3. EMPLOY EVERY MEMBER’S TALENTS
Acts 2:16-18 No, what you see was predicted long ago by the prophet Joel: ‘In the last days,’ God says, ‘I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams. In those days I will pour out my Spirit even on my servants—men and women alike—and they will prophesy.'”
4. BE DEVOTED TO GOD’S WORD
Acts 2:42a All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching.
5. LOVE EACH OTHER DEEPLY
1 Peter 1:22 Love each other deeply with all your heart.
Acts 2:42b All the believers devoted themselves … to fellowship.
Acts 2:44 And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had.
Acts 2:46b They … shared their meals with great joy and generosity.
6. WORSHIP WITH JOY
Acts 2:28 You have shown me the way of life, and you will fill me with the joy of your presence.
Acts 2:26 No wonder my heart is glad, and my tongue shouts his praises! My body rests in hope.
7. BE WILLING TO SACRIFICE
Acts 2:44-45 And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need.
Acts 2:46 They shared their meals with great joy and generosity.
Acts 2:47 And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.