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IBC Women’s Ministry Blog – April 20, 2023

IBC Women’s Ministry Blog – April 20, 2023

A Study of Acts

By Sarah Coffey

Hello ladies! I am one of the facilitators for our Women’s Bible studies. For the last two semesters, we have been diving deep into the book of Acts, and as we wrap up this week, some thoughts have resonated with me, two in particular. This week I want to focus on what hit me hard for the Church as a whole.

What has happened to that Church?

We see throughout the book of Acts a complete and total faith in the church for the Lord to provide and fulfill His Promises. Despite persecution, ridicule, being disowned by their families, we see these new Christians not only survive, but prosper! 

We see in Acts 2:42-47 the essential elements to why the church was able to do this.

42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”

How simple, and yet how difficult for us in this modern world to relate to. We want to have time to fellowship, but our calendars never seem to give us time to do it. We want to pray more, but we also need to watch the latest episode of our favorite TV show. We want to serve more and give more, but we stress and worry about the commitment and our finances. We want to share the Gospel with our hairdresser, but are afraid of offending her and ending up with a bad haircut. Ladies, it was never intended to be this way. 

The enemy is wily and crafty, to be sure, but his tricks are old and basic. He is constantly using our busy, isolated lifestyles to distract us and to weary us from our purpose on this earth, which is to Glorify God and share His Good News with all.

I urge you, as the school year winds down and summer ramps up, to take time to meditate on this passage. To keep your eyes fixed on the heavenly and eternal. Start small, giving up 30 min of TV for prayer a day, carving out time to go to coffee with a new friend, joining a small group or Bible study, saying hello to that person sitting near you in the pew who you don’t know, inviting your hairdresser to church, and see how the Lord will work wonders in your life and the life of His Church.

“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) 

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