In the blog yesterday I gave you a current example of dramatic change that is taking place in Zambian churches because the Holy Spirit is moving hearts to return to the authority of Scripture and its sufficiency. This is not a new event.
The Early Church went through a very traumatic change within the first ten to eleven years. From its inception the church was composed of Jews that repented and believed in the Lord Jesus, were baptized and received the Holy Spirit. Through the divine plan, persecution pushed the apostles and others of the church in the Jerusalem church out into new territory. Peter in particular was one of the first to be confronted with God’s expansion plans to take the gospel to the Gentiles.
Though this met with initial resistance, it was evident that God was working, and Peter said to the questioning church in Jerusalem, “If then God gave the same gift (the Holy Spirit) to them as he gave to us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could stand in God’s way?” (Acts 11:17). So radical was this movement of God, that the Jerusalem church sent Barnabas to Antioch to make sure this change was authentic.
In some sense, we have the same struggle today. The traditional church makes several mistakes when changes like this take place:
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