This week, the sign in front of a local church read “The Church of Christ: still meeting since Pentecost.” Well said and so true! The Christian Church has tenaciously and victoriously met, grown, and spread for almost two thousand years now. Even more exciting, the Church of Jesus the Christ at Her most beautiful and radiant has not only met since Pentecost, She has moved in the power and glory of Pentecost ever since that first Pentecost! And She will continue to witness in supernatural power and Presence until She is gathered into the arms of the Lord at His return!
One of my favorite Scripture texts is in Acts 4. It recalls how the early church prayed in unity and fervency even as their very lives were being threatened. Acts 4:31 reads, after they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly. I love the fact that the place shook, and I love the ways God confirms unified faith in His bride. But what I really love is the fact that He poured out His Spirit again on His people, who had already experienced His outpouring of the Spirit at Pentecost!
The picture is clear: The Power, the Presence, the Glory, the Supernatural flow, the River of Life, the Authority, the Love, the Unity—everything that God the Holy Spirit brings—is meant to be experienced in life shaking ways over and over and over again! As Ephesians 5:18 says, Don’t get drunk on wine, because it makes you lose control. Instead, keep on being filled with the Spirit, singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to each other…
This congregation has been called by the Lord to be a place within the greater Body of Christ where people KEEP on being filled… and filled… and filled! As a Body, the Lord is desiring to shake us until a holy boldness in the Word defines who we are. You see, Pentecost is still going on, and we have been called to move in the fullness of God’s Presence to prepare the greater Body for His return!!
Unified congregational prayer and worship usher in fillings and shakings. A congregation singing and crying out to God with one voice can shake the heavens and transform the world. First Church, Why not here, and why not now?! It is our destiny, church, it is our call from God! May the Lord help us lay aside ever distraction and pray and worship passionately as one!