MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9
“So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.”
Acts 2:41 (ESV)
THE FIRST DAY OF CHURCH
A good set of clothes makes all the difference. A Methodist church tried to get a man to attend, but he never did. “Why don’t you come?” the minister asked, and the man finally admitted it was because he didn’t have proper clothes. So a member of the congregation took him to a clothing store and got him a nice suit, shirt, tie and shoes. But on the following Sunday, he still did not show up. So the minister visited him again and asked him why he didn’t come. “When I got dressed up in my new suit,” the man explained, “I looked so good I decided to go to the Episcopal church.”
One of the great things about NorthStar Church is that it’s not about how you dress. It’s just about showing up as a church family and doing life and faith together. When God started the New Testament church they really showed up. The Apostle Peter preached the first sermon on that first day. Then God moved on the hearts of the people and were moved to action. And God added about 3,000 people to the church on the first day.
Can you imagine 3,000 people showing up for the first time to our church on the same day? The amazing thing is that the message Peter preached on that day is still just as powerful and desperately needed as it was then. People need to know who Jesus is, what He did for them and how He can change their lives. When God’s word touches your heart it always involves faith and action. When is the last time you felt moved by God’s word? What did you feel God wanted you to know and God wanted you to do? Ask God now if there is anything He wants you to know and do.