So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added daily those who were being saved. Acts 2:46,47
The power of God had fallen upon the followers of Jesus and a great harvest of souls were reaped from the festival of Pentecost and the glory of God had begun to spill out onto the streets. The miracle of provision had come through the brethren selling their goods and sharing with those who had none, and the church of Jesus Christ was well on its way!
No rules, just right! Keep in mind there was no doctrine, no division, denomination, leadership, no rules and no Bibles. The only ones who knew anything about this new faith were the apostles and the only thing they knew was Jesus after walking with Him for three years. This new congregation of believers were filled with the Holy Spirit's power, speaking in tongues and the Lord was performing signs, wonders and miracles in their sight. Jesus was the only Shepherd and the old priesthood was done away with, although they didn't know it yet, and a new Way was established in the earth, the kingdom of Heaven had truly come down.
This was the way God intended His church to be: full of His Spirit, empowered with His gifts, performing signs, wonders and miracles, sharing their goods, loving their neighbors and everyone else for that matter, even their enemies! Jesus was the main focal point, the reason for their very existence and their purpose was to replicate Him in others through the power of the gospel! Today, we have Jesus in a box and like Jack-in-the box, we let Him out on Sundays to perform for us, that is, if He will behave Himself and not run over the sacred hour or mess up our orchestrated agenda by casting out demons, healing the sick or raising the dead and not run off any of our distinguished "Big Tithers!" Sound familiar?
"Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, "and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before, whom Heaven must receive until times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of His prophets since the world began." Acts 3:19-21
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin