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Group hugs

Acts 2:29-47(GNT)

Tuesday
June 2 2009


Called to be Free to be Filled with the Holy Spirit


Introduction

Acts 2:29-47: Peter continues his speech to the crowd in Jerusalem. He talks about David, who was considered to be Israel's greatest ruler. God had promised that the Messiah would come from David's family. When Peter says David was a prophet, he means that David spoke God's message in the psalms, and that Jesus' being raised to life illustrates what David had described many centuries earlier.

Today's Scripture: Acts 2:39

God's promise was made to you and your children, and to all who are far away - all whom the Lord our God calls to himself.

How is this Scripture passage speaking to me today?

Today's Reading

The Coming of the Holy Spirit 29My friends, I must speak to you plainly about our famous ancestor King David. He died and was buried, and his grave is here with us to this very day.30He was a prophet, and he knew what God had promised him: God had made a vow that he would make one of David's descendants a king, just as David was.31David saw what God was going to do in the future, and so he spoke about the resurrection of the Messiah when he said, He was not abandoned in the world of the dead;his body did not rot in the grave.
32God has raised this very Jesus from death, and we are all witnesses to this fact.33He has been raised to the right side of God, his Father, and has received from him the Holy Spirit, as he had promised. What you now see and hear is his gift that he has poured out on us.34For it was not David who went up into heaven; rather he said, The Lord said to my Lord: Sit here at my right side 35until I put your enemies as a footstool under your feet.
36All the people of Israel, then, are to know for sure that this Jesus, whom you crucified, is the one that God has made Lord and Messiah!37When the people heard this, they were deeply troubled and said to Peter and the other apostles, What shall we do, brothers?38Peter said to them, Each one of you must turn away from your sins and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, so that your sins will be forgiven; and you will receive God's gift, the Holy Spirit.39For God's promise was made to you and your children, and to all who are far away-all whom the Lord our God calls to himself.40Peter made his appeal to them and with many other words he urged them, saying, Save yourselves from the punishment coming on this wicked people!41Many of them believed his message and were baptized, and about three thousand people were added to the group that day.42They spent their time in learning from the apostles, taking part in the fellowship, and sharing in the fellowship meals and the prayers.Life among the Believers43Many miracles and wonders were being done through the apostles, and everyone was filled with awe.44All the believers continued together in close fellowship and shared their belongings with one another.45They would sell their property and possessions, and distribute the money among all, according to what each one needed.46Day after day they met as a group in the Temple, and they had their meals together in their homes, eating with glad and humble hearts,47praising God, and enjoying the good will of all the people. And every day the Lord added to their group those who were being saved.

Reflect

What does Peter say about David? How does the crowd react to Peter's message? How do you respond to Peter's message? Reread the description of life among the Lord's followers in 2:43-47. Is this a good model for the church today? Why or why not?

Pray

God of Love, we come to know you better through fellowship in community. Bless all people of faith who gather in your name, that they may experience your grace, mercy, and hope as they nurture one another. Amen.

Prayer Concern

People who are homebound

I find it interesting that the ones who shared today regarding fellowship in community then compared the gathering together daily sharing bread with prayer concerns for the homebound. I add another prayer concern to this. I find almost daily people who are not part of a community and don't feel the need. They speak of their ability to stay close to God through only individual worship and don't feel the need to gather together with other believers and worship. Scripture does say that when two or more are gathered together in my name, there I am in the midst of them, but how often do two or more gather together "in My Name" outside of church? Yesterday I had such a blessed day as I can't remember having in awhile. Although I was at work and ministering to the sick, I was surrounded by people who are struggling everyday in life. Some are involved in church and other don't set foot in church however speak of how God ministers to them. We must continue to go forward to not only share the gospel, but to love each other as He loved us and to lift each other up to Him. I spoke to at least a dozen people yesterday who spoke of their struggles whether it be financially, meeting their family and job needs or interpersonal struggles. I was so blessed to share with them and listen to their concerns as they shared with me. My friend was telling me that a mutual friend doesn't go to church and she worries about her. She asked me, "what can I do to get her back into church because she should be in church". I agree that we need each other to lift one another up, but just as it speaks of in this scripture, they met together daily and shared with one another. Close fellowship should include the church and breaking bread together, bringing our tithes and offerings to the church. If people are not including the fellowship in their lives they are like a branch that is not part of the vine anymore and cannot live unless it is connected. For the homebound, we must go out and love them who cannot come to us. For the ones we meet each day, we must reach out and love them and bring them with us where we enjoy the rich blessings of fellowship. I am blessed by all that is shared in this "small group" here on praize and share with others how God is blessing you just as I share with you how God blesses me through the richness. Prayers go up and blessings come down. May your day be especially blessed and overflow to bless others. Amen.
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