Marks Of A Spirit Driven Church
Thursday, November 23rd, 2017
“ And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.” Acts 2:42
In the NT, church means ‘people’ not ‘buildings’. The church lies at the very heart of God’s eternal purpose. God’s purpose is to build a church of people who are born again through the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection. At NCCkl, we are concerned about the biblical vision of what the church is intended to be.
What are the chief distinguishing marks of a Spirit driven church? One of the best way to answer the question is to take a fresh look at the early church that came into being in Jerusalem on and after the day of Pentecost. The Early Church was radically driven by the Holy Spirit.
- Word Oriented Church
The first mark that the passage above gives us of the Early Church driven by the Holy Spirit is that it is a learning church. It was a studying church. They devoted themselves to the teaching of the apostles. This is exceedingly significant because the Spirit filled converts were not enjoying some mystical experience that they were witnessing but was totally focused on growing in the Word. They acknowledged that Jesus had appointed the apostles as the leaders of the church and they submitted to their authority and leadership. The presence of physical miracles throughout the Scriptures is to authenticate fresh stage of revelation. We have no biblical authority to expect miracles in the physical realm with the same frequency because God has completed His revelation in Christ. The Bible now is the final authority. A Spirit driven church is one that takes seriously the authority of the Scriptures and seeks to submit to Him. Its ministers will expound the Bible from the pulpit through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Its parents will teach their children out of the Scriptures. Its members will read and reflect upon the Scriptures everyday in order to grow into maturity in Christ. The Spirit of God leads the people of God to submit to the Word.
- Fellowship Oriented Church
Secondly, the Spirit driven church is a caring church, a loving church and a supportive church. Its members love and care for one another. They devote themselves to strengthen and enhance vibrant fellowship. Vibrant fellowship expresses what we share in together, what we have received together and what we participate in together. It is our common participation in the grace and mercy of God the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. Vibrant fellowship also bears witness to what we share outwardly together and not just when we receive together but more so when we give together. Vibrant fellowship in the Spirit driven church leads to simplicity, contentment and generosity.
- Worship Oriented Church
Thirdly, a Spirit driven church worship together in spirit and in truth. They are built on the common faith that is established by uniting with Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection. They devote themselves to the breaking of the bread and prayers with oneness of heart declaring Jesus’ baptism and death. Furthermore, worship songs never fails to exalt the Righteousness of God that saves one’s soul. It is done both formal and informal. We need the experience of exuberant worship so that both young and old can let down their guards and express freely their heart felt worship to the Lord our Savior. Not withstanding, we also need the experience of the dignity of the church service where order is paramount. The Early Church was both joyful and reverent at the same time.
The three marks of a Spirit driven church concerns our relationship as brothers and sisters in Christ. We are a family.
Our responsibility is to seek the power, direction and the fullness of the Holy Spirit.
When the Holy Spirit is given the rightful place of freedom in the church, then our church will approximate these ideals – biblical faith, loving fellowship and living worship.
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