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24 September 2009

The acts of Acts

The Tease:

"What you'll get is the Holy Spirit. And when the Holy Spirit comes on you, you will be able to be my witnesses in Jerusalem, all over Judea and Samaria, even to the ends of the world."

The Wedding:

'Without warning there was a sound like a strong wind, gale force—no one could tell where it came from. It filled the whole building. Then, like a wildfire, the Holy Spirit spread through their ranks, and they started speaking in a number of different languages as the Spirit prompted them."

The Honeymoon:

"That day about three thousand took him at his word, were baptized and were signed up. They committed themselves to the teaching of the apostles, the life together, the common meal, and the prayers. Everyone around was in awe—all those wonders and signs done through the apostles! And all the believers lived in a wonderful harmony, holding everything in common. They sold whatever they owned and pooled their resources so that each person's need was met.They followed a daily discipline of worship in the Temple followed by meals at home, every meal a celebration, exuberant and joyful, as they praised God. People in general liked what they saw. Every day their number grew as God added those who were saved. "

The Living out of the Marriage:

"During this time, as the disciples were increasing in numbers by leaps and bounds, hard feelings developed among the Greek-speaking believers toward the Hebrew-speaking believers because their widows were being discriminated against in the daily food lines"

"Yelling and hissing, the mob drowned him (Stephen) out. Now in full stampede, they dragged him out of town and pelted him with rocks."

"Saul just went wild, devastating the church, entering house after house after house, dragging men and women off to jail. Forced to leave home base, the followers of Jesus all became missionaries."

"But then he (Now Paul) ran afoul of a group called Hellenists—he had been engaged in a running argument with them—who plotted his murder. When his friends learned of the plot, they got him out of town, took him to Caesarea, and then shipped him off to Tarsus. Things calmed down after that and the church had smooth sailing for a while."

"When Peter got back to Jerusalem, some of his old associates, concerned about circumcision, called him on the carpet: "What do you think you're doing rubbing shoulders with that crowd, eating what is prohibited and ruining our good name?"

"But the unbelieving Jews worked up a whispering campaign against Paul and Barnabas, sowing mistrust and suspicion in the minds of the people in the street. there was a split in public opinion, some siding with the Jews, some with the apostles. One day, learning that both the Jews and non-Jews had been organized by their leaders to beat them up, they escaped as best they could to the next towns"

"Anyone signing up for the kingdom of God has to go through plenty of hard times."

"It wasn't long before some Jews showed up from Judea insisting that everyone be circumcised: "If you're not circumcised in the Mosaic fashion, you can't be saved." Paul and Barnabas were up on their feet at once in fierce protest. The apostles and leaders called a special meeting to consider the matter. The arguments went on and on, back and forth, getting more and more heated."

"Barnabas wanted to take John along, the John nicknamed Mark. But Paul wouldn't have him; he wasn't about to take along a quitter who, as soon as the going got tough, had jumped ship on them in Pamphylia. Tempers flared, and they ended up going their separate ways: Barnabas took Mark and sailed for Cyprus; Paul chose Silas and, offered up by their friends to the grace of the Master, went to Syria and Cilicia to build up muscle and sinew in those congregations."

The End of the story:

The Church fought... but they solved the problems... then fought again. They tried and failed and tried and succeeded and then tried and failed again to "do it right".

But in the middle of the same things that our churches deal with today... The Bride did exactly what He told them they'd do. They were His "witnesses in Jerusalem, all over Judea and Samaria, even to the ends of the world". And onward we go...

... why? It's our creed.

3 comments:

Valorosa said...

So you think the wedding has already taken place?

Dave Carrol said...

Not in the grander theological picture no... but in the story of the book of Acts... Acts 2 is very honeymoon. It's not unlike the bliss that people feel on the honeymoon before getting into the real life of marriage.

I just used the marriage analogy because it's something many of us can relate to when piecing together a developing process in relationship

Valorosa said...

I s'pose but may be misleading to someone seeking and looking in

??

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