Matthew 16:18… “Upon this rock I will build my church” (KJV). The church is made up of people and they are built up with truth by the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:15-16). Peter had just finished saying, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God” (v. 16). It is upon this truth that the church was to be built. This truth needs to be foundational to our faith. Jesus said, “I will build my church,” and the Holy Spirit wants to do just that. There is force, power, and determination behind the words “I will.” If there is no continued growth in your life, you will fossilize. From Acts 2:42-47, we see that the Holy Spirit has set a pattern for a Christian’s growth. The Holy Spirit has structured growth around eight simple truths.
Acts 2:42-47… “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. And all that believed were together, and had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved” (KJV). The word “they” refers to the three thousand souls that were saved. They were new Christians; they needed to grow.
Verse 42 shows that Christians grow because of good teaching. Here it was the apostle’s teaching. Notice the word “doctrine.” This word simply means instruction or teaching. The Holy Spirit is not going to let new Christians stay ignorant. If you want to grow, do not suppress what the Holy Spirit wants to do. Note in 1 Corinthians 12:28 that the Holy Spirit sets the teacher as third. Apostles, prophets, and teachers: these three ministries are revelation ministries. New converts gave themselves to the teaching ministries. A lot of new Christians are living in places where nothing is growing. I read a statistic some time ago that the spiritual education of the average adult Christian is that of a thirteen year old. If you want growth in your life, you must get into the Word of God. You grow by the Word that comes from God.
(To be continued…)
Pastor George Belobaba
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