Summary: From Acts Chapter 2 this sermon looks at 6 characteristics of the early Christian Church as they walked in the fullness of the Spirit of God.
Walking In The Spirit Pt 3
Six Signs of Spirit Filled Living
This past two weeks we have been talking about Walking In The Spirit. Our Key Scriptures have been…
We’ve talked about Power with a Purpose – Jesus said “you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
We’ve talked about Power for Living – “And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them. 4And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit…”
This morning I want to continue in this series looking at the early church and the power that the Holy Spirit gives us for living.
Look at Acts 2:37-47 with me and find there Six Signs of Spirit Filled Living.
When we are walking in the Spirit …
1) There is a Sanctified Hunger in our lives - v42 – These early Christians were devoting themselves to the things of God. There was a hunger in them that fed on Spiritual things. Jesus said “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they shall be filled.” They were continually devoting themselves to spiritual things – Teaching, Fellowship, breaking of bread (communion), and prayer. These were things that they were hungry for. Paul draws a distinct contrast between those who are in Christ and those who are not in Philippians 3:18. “18For many walk, of whom I often told you, and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ, 19whose end is destruction, whose god is their appetite, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things.” When we are not walking filled with the Spirit our appetite is not for spiritual things – our hunger is for the twisted things of the world. The more our lives are controlled by the indwelling Spirit of God the more hungry we become for the things of God.
2) Powerful Presence – v43 – I want to focus on this sense of awe. Signs and wonders are wonderful things and I believe when we are immersed in the Spirit those things will flow out from our lives but the reality of the power in this early church is the Awe they felt for God. There seems to have been a continual amazement at the power of God to transform the world around them. Do you remember what it felt like when you first became a Christian? For me there was a constant sense of awe that God was so big and so good. That the God of the universe could love me was an extraordinary thing.
3) Intimate Fellowship – v44 – The fellowship of this early Church is extraordinary. They didn’t just worship together they cared about each other. They truly came to love each other even in the midst of their differences. *they spent time together, *they shared, *they cared. These are the signs of healthy faithful fellowship. They were not content to share space – they shared in each others lives. I believe we are a friendly church – the friendliest I know of – but we need to get deep with each other not just shallow smiles on Sunday morning.