Good morning. I trust you slept well. Pause for a moment before you begin your quiet time and clear your mind. Take several deep breaths. Let go of any tension you may have this morning. Relax and enjoy your time with God. Begin this morning by praying about your Bible study and what you are about to learn.
In yesterday's reading did you notice how generous the early church was in helping each other (Acts 2:45; Acts 4:32-37)? The Christians cared about each other and gave all they could. When an offering is made, it costs the worshipper something. The early Christians didn't seem to mind. They gave much because they believed in the mission of the church. The secret to giving is faith. When you are giving do it in faith.
Please read Acts 5-8.
After the church started with 3,000 baptisms, Acts 2:47 says, "And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved." Acts 4:4 says, "But many of those who had heard the message believed; and the number of the men came to be about five thousand." Acts 5:14 says, "And all the more believers in the Lord, multitudes of men and women, were constantly added to their number." Acts 6:1 continues, "Now at this time while the disciples were increasing in number." Verse seven goes on to say, "The word of God kept on spreading; and the number of the disciples continued to increase greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were becoming obedient to the faith." Jesus designed His church so that it would grow. Is the church you belong to growing? Record your thoughts on what your congregation is doing about growth. Find out what you can do to help the church to grow.