As I read the account of the Early Church in the Book of Acts over and over, there are records of events that light UP my soul with, may I say, divine fire. About twelve to thirteen years after the Church was born in Jerusalem at Pentecost, there was a major shift in who made up the population of the Church. Most of those in the Body of Christ up to Acts 10 were Jews. Through a vision given to Peter, the Church became open to accepting and receiving Gentiles as part of the Church.
Peter is sent to visit the family of Cornelius who, on hearing the gospel, are saved and receive the Holy Spirit. This begins a movement of God in conjunction with persecution that caused Jewish and Gentile believers to be scattered (Acts 11). This prompted a new church at Antioch to start.
The leaders in the Jerusalem church became concerned about this sudden growth and sent Barnabas to make sure these new believers were really what they should be. Notice what happens with Barnabas as he visits this new church.
“When he came and saw the grace of God, he was glad, and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast purpose” (Acts 11:23).
The first thing we must look for is the active work of God. We have a saying in this ministry; ‘Find where God is at work and join Him.’ If God is going to do something through you in a place, you can be sure that God has been there before you preparing the way for what He wants you to do. (More on this tomorrow).
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