Good Stuff, People! by Danny Couch
In the book of Acts, conflict gave way to new life and hope. Jesus had been killed! What could be worse? People scattered! Fingers pointed! Leadership questioned! Doubt surfaced! What’s next? Disband the movement? Not with this God!
This is the God of resurrection, new hope, renewal. So the people looked deep within themselves, repented before God and vowed to keep the Spirit of God upon them at all times. The response?
Those who welcomed his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand persons were added. They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.
Wow, what a Spirit, what renewal, what excitement, what hope! On the other side of conflict is a life greater than before. I have talked to many, many leaders at Central Christian who are feeling this same renewal, excitement, and hope for this Congregation. God is adding people who have a hunger to grow, live and share their faith! New staff additions of Seth, Michelle, and Dan have been a “God-send” to us and the response has been nothing short of amazing! More people in Sunday School, three Discipleships groups about to begin, tons of children responding and the youth are coming together and setting their sights on mission with the Heifer Project. What an exciting time for us!! Lesson to be learned: Conflict does not mean all is lost…not with this God! Stay the course, learn the lesson, recommit yourself to keeping the Spirit of God upon you and rely NOT on your own wisdom, “devote(d) yourself (themselves) to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers… and day by day the Lord will add …Those who welcomed his message!”
Thank you Church! This is good stuff!