Can the contemporary church say, like Peter did in the Book of Acts, “This is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel,” as we point, like Peter did, to something supernatural that God is doing in our midst?
It is not enough to hear talks about the Bible in church meetings. We need to for God to demonstrate its reality in our midst.
Whatever God did in the New Testament with and through the early church, He can do today with and through those who dare to believe Him enough to get out of religious routine and let God loose from our low expectations and programmed rituals.
The church has lost its influence in contemporary society. Why? Non-believers don’t care about what we say. However, they will be touched by what we allow God, Himself, to do.
If we can say “This is that,” and then point to supernatural happenings in our meetings, people will be moved deeply (what the Book of Acts calls “cut to the heart”) and changed.
When Peter said “This is that,” and pointed to 120 believers rejoicing on the streets of Jerusalem and speaking in languages they never learned, 3,000 people began to radically follow and obey Jesus.
It is time for modern-day church to open up to the living God and allow Him to run our meetings and manifest His power and glory in our midst. If you want to see this in action, come and visit The Salvation Army Berry Street, 225 Berry St., in Nashville on Sundays at 10:45 am. and/or Thursdays at 6:30 pm.
This is that spoken by Paul of Tarsus in the book of 1 Corinthians, chapter 14, verse 26. Read it for yourself and them come and experience it for yourself with us a Berry Street.