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Simple Guidelines

Simple Guidelines

09 February 2010

Today’s Reading: Leviticus 10-12; Acts 16

Scripture:

4 As they traveled from town to town, they presented the simple guidelines the Jerusalem apostles and leaders had come up with. 5 That turned out to be most helpful. Day after day the congregations became stronger in faith and larger in size. (Acts 16:4-5 MSG)

The simple guidelines they presented were most helpful. These were the simple guidelines that were spelled out at the Jerusalem council in Acts 15: “Don’t get involved in activities associated with idol-worship, don’t engage in sex outside of marriage, don’t eat food with blood in it.” Observe these simple guidelines in the context of loving God and loving others under the direction of the ever-present Holy Spirit. That will pretty much do it. Result: The congregations became stronger in faith and larger in size.

They had only the Jewish Torah and writings. The Gentile churches may not even have had those resources. Yet day by day, the congregations grew in faith and size. Then a few months or in some cases years later apostolic teaching teams came through to fill in the blanks and adjust their doctrine if things had slipped a bit. And where necessary, Paul wrote letters to them. Eventually. But in the meantime, day after day the congregations became stronger in faith and larger in size.

Do we over-complicate it? How much is enough? How much is too much? How much and what kind of teaching is needed to grow a congregation stronger in faith and larger in size? What atmosphere or culture must we create for this to work in 2010? Or is the Holy Spirit the only one who can truly create healthy church culture?

Simple guidelines: Tell your Jesus story, win souls, and make disciples. Preach and teach. Live your faith. Love God and love people. Respond to the Holy Spirit and use common sense.

The simple guidelines they presented were most helpful!

Prayer:

Father, I want some insight on this. I want revelation about simple guidelines and about the culture that allows congregations to grow stronger in faith and larger in size. How does this work in 2010 and beyond? Amen.

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