Reaching out to Central New York in the name of Jesus Christ

A Word for Today

Acts 2:3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.

Is the Church Assembly Essential? pt. 5

Acts 2:1   And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

During a Pentecost holiday nearly two thousand years ago, the Spirit of God Almighty intervened into the affairs of mankind, and the church was born. The embryonic church had certain qualities then that the 21st century church must still have to remain essential.

First, it must be a gathering of believers in one place and in one accord. The members of the church must agree about the person of Jesus Christ.  He is the risen Savior of humanity and the Son of God who was with God and was God. And those members must gather in one place.

Second, the church must be a place of effective prayer and waiting on God.  The church is a place where people do things like pray.  And it is also a place where God does things like answer prayer!

Next, the gathering must be the place of the Lord’s choosing, a place where God’s Spirit comes with a powerful demonstration.  In the Old Testament the Spirit of God hovered, as a pillar of fire, over His chosen place, the Holy of Holies.  But in the New Testament every member of the assembly of the Lord becomes a new Holy of Holies with a tongue of fire hovering over each one.  The Lord desires that every member of the assembly be filled with the Holy Spirit.

There is no other place on earth that compares to the God-ordained, God-inhabited place called the church.