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Messengers Locally


“But 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.” Acts 1:8 (NIV)

A model for how to accomplish Jesus’s Great Commission, locally, comes right from scripture. The first 6 chapters of The Acts of the Apostles, written by Dr. Luke, is a primer, as well as a historical lesson on discipling messengers to reach the local community. And referring to this verse above, we see that Jesus’s plan (the only perfect discipler) was to take His Story to everyone “here (in Jerusalem), there (in all Judea and Samaria), and everywhere (to the ends of the earth)". Acts gives us this historical lesson about how the apostles went about building the local Church of Jerusalem. (DBO challenge: read carefully, and prayerfully the first 6 chapters of Acts and discover in a fresh way, how to build a church).

Here are a few things that stand out in this portion of scripture:

  • Believers are empowered by and obedient to the Holy Spirit.

  • Have compassion for and minister to the needs of others.

  • Continually pray for each other.

  • Give liberally to support the work of the local church.

A small group at our church, obeying the prompting of the Holy Spirit, recognizing the needs of injured military warriors, praying continually about how to meet those needs, and through the incredible generosity of givers, have created a powerful ministry called Serving Our Willing Warriors Retreat. This is a 37-acre taste-of-home experience for recovering Warriors and their families, in the form of a relaxing getaway from the medical center environment.

This is what God does when we get out of our own way and allow Him to do His work through the Body of Christ, locally.

Daily Battle Order:

How are you ministering to the needs of your local community (not your church, not the pastors of your church, but you personally)? Are you praying for your local church to meet the needs of those in your church community and your local community? Are you and those you disciple stepping out into that community to “wash some feet”? If you aren’t doing these things now, get started today!

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