The One Sign of a Spirit Led Church

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Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold and laid it at the apostles' feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need. — Acts 4:32-35

Whenever I am looking for a new church to call home, there are certain hard and soft qualities that I am looking for. For example, a hard quality for me is teachers that teach exclusively from the Bible. A second hard quality for me would be elders who meet biblical qualifications for leadership. And sometimes some soft qualities might play in, like the style of music or the programming the church provides.

But I think these verses capture something that we should also be looking for — the lively presence of unity in the Spirit.

What the author is trying to capture with words is this incredible experience of spiritual unity. This was not man-made organizational uniformity contrived by the vision of some rogue leader. Now to outsiders, it may have looked this way. And to some, it might have even felt cultic. But the leader of this movement is not human. It's not even being led by Peter. It's a movement being led by the Holy Spirit, and it is unifying believers. And it's happening because they are allowing the Spirit to lead them. And the one conviction that is directing this movement is about one truth — that Jesus Christ was the Savior of mankind, and he rose from the dead, defeating sin and death for all who believe in his name. And the Spirit that Jesus left with us was leading this spiritual movement.

This is a great reminder to us that the church has a leader. The leader is the Spirit of the Almighty God. And our church leaders should relentlessly point us to God as the leader in everything they do. They should be instructing us from God's Word, guiding us by the Spirit, and be preaching about salvation in the name of the resurrected Jesus. And if they do, we should witness the unity of the Spirit through a diverse body of believers that almost seems indescribable. Like it is here. For this expression of spiritual unity goes far beyond the man-made uniformity driven by a narcissistic leader.

So today, let's pray for the church. Maybe you need to pray for your church. That its leaders and people would know unity in the Spirit. For the Holy Spirit is still present, and he wants to lead us through every challenging time.

ASK THIS: Are you praying for your church?

DO THIS: Pray that the Spirit would lead the church once again.

PRAY THIS: God, may the Spirit fall on the church in our time.

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The One Sign of a Spirit Led Church

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11 thoughts on “The One Sign of a Spirit Led Church

  1. Eddie Ackerman says:

    I grew up going to church for a while, then not, then going back, then leaving. In the last few years, I have set down roots with my wife and now 4 children. I have found my home church and a SECOND great local church, as well as a THIRD great local church for my teenager to grow in. I pray for all of the local churches I have seen that are more about unity than rules and that the global spiritual church will be united in “the great commission” – to “go to Judea, Samaria, and the ends of the earth, making disciples of ALL nations AND baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.” (Jesus)

  2. Jesse Skytland says:

    God is good at all times, morning thru the evening. Its beneficial to start my every day out with devotionals and prayer. Thank you Vince for guidance on my spiritual path!

  3. Dennis James says:

    The prayer I have for not only the church I attend but many, that the leadership get out of the way of the Holy Spirit. In other words, many leaders have their “agenda” or calendar but they leave no room for the Holy Spirit to move. It seems that if something does not fit their agenda or it isn’t their idea , then it isn’t going to happen. I pray that God convict their hearts to seek the true unity they speak about and seek the Holy Spirit in all they do.

  4. Cory B says:

    I pray each church finds their niche and is willing to work with other churches and help bring people to God. I pray they can maintain their integrity and values while keeping their egos in check.

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  5. Bob Olsen says:

    I pray that the Holy Spirit would continue to lead the church where I’m a member; Roseville Lutheran Church.

  6. Colin Brock says:

    I really love starting out my day in GOD’S word and I get so much out of your daily devotions , GOD is so good all the time , praying your ministry is blessed beyond measure and touch someone who is in need

  7. Andy says:

    Help me to love others in deep and sacrificial ways as you have modeled for me in Christ. Help me to fulfill my part in the Body with a willingness to both give and receive.

    • Colin Brock says:

      I really love starting out my day in GOD’S word and I get so much out of your daily devotions , GOD is so good all the time , praying your ministry is blessed beyond measure and touch someone who is in need

  8. W. James Anderson says:

    It’s a challenge to leave a personal response to a stranger. Since being a Christian since 1987 I have experienced a lot. My favorite style of teaching has been verse by verse- Calvary Chapel style. Shanna and I now go to Sioux Falls First. More so because she likes the worship. We have made it our home I guess but I’m at a place where I need to talk with Quentin, Pete, Nate. Not about anything major just to touch base with where I’m at. I do not subscribe to Pentecostal doctrine but I need to find a way to really connect with this body of believers since that is where we have landed for a home church. We are in a small group also. I am not there to point out that I disagree with certain things. I really think that even in the presence of different views, sometimes big differences, Spirit can do whatever. I do thank you for your vids and I ran across you at the Men’s deal at First. I’m not sure I will do your program with other men or not. Maybe. I do know I need to connect with people that are sincere and have an honesty about all this. Meaning, not a lot of pretense. I’m a bit of an odd soul but I’m okay with that. I must have a place somewhere. Thanks again Vince🌺💀’s and🌈’s🌺

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