Without power, the church has no identity
This was a church born on Pentecost day. Pentecost up until that day was a day of festivity. But once the church was born on that day, the day of power, the identity of the church was defined: a people of grace and power! From that moment onward Pentecost was no longer associated with festivity but with power! Pentecost was no longer a day of celebration but a day of unction!
The manifestation of power is what demonstrates the kingdom of our God. Jesus said if I by the Spirit of God cast out devils, then the kingdom of God has come upon you(Matthew 12:28). What announces this kingdom is power, not grammar!
Without power, the church has no mission to the world. That's why after teaching them everything for 3 and half years he still told them - wait, tarry, linger until the power comes(Luke 24:49) Only then can your mission begin!
‘49 And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high’
At the foundation of the church of God is the power of God!
Today the church is trying to be many things to the world: spiritual center, enlightenment center, entertainment center, social center, networking center, business center and so many things rolled into one: a one-stop center for all things? As good as that may sound still it contradicts the original purpose of God for His church!
The master, while He was here on earth lend us insight into what the purpose and destiny of the church ought to be. The scene where he enters into the temple and saw diver’s kinds of buying and selling is reminiscent of what the modern church has become: a place of selling many things! The place that offers many things but nothing in particular! Jesus swept the church clean and redefined what the church should be: a place of prayer! A house of prayer!
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