What Is It?

What is church? What is the gospel? What is the kingdom?

I’ve heard these questions many times before, but now they’re staring me in the face. Acts 2:42 AMP days, “And they steadfastly persevered, devoting themselves constantly to the instruction and fellowship of the apostles, to the breaking of bread [including the Lord’s Supper] and prayers.”

Does that sound like your experience? Are you in an environment that encourages constant devotion to:

* apostolic instruction?
* fellowship?
* communion?
* prayer?

And what is apostolic instruction? When was the last time you talked with a fellow believer and received something you would have called “apostolic instruction”?

How often do you find yourself breaking bread?

Read the next chapters. When was the last time you saw a lame man walk?

Here’s the tension. The things I’ve experienced does not define what I have not yet had the chance to experience. The fact that I haven’t experienced something does not change the reality of what’s out there. It only changes my perception and understanding of it. The challenge is that many times the things of God are not “practical” or “wise” to pursue in our own eyes, but who’s right–me or Jesus?

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