Word at Work January 6, 2017

Scripture: Acts 15:1-5, 12-21

In the book of Acts we see the importance of Amos when the church was trying to decide if they were saved by faith or through the law. The leaders met at Jerusalem to consider the matter and the apostles started to weigh in. In Acts 15:13-15 we are told, “And after they had become silent, James answered, saying, ‘Men and brethren, listen to me: Simon has declared how God at the first visited the Gentiles to take out of them a people for His name. And with this the words of the prophets agree, just as it is written: ‘After this I will return And will rebuild the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down; I will rebuild its ruins, And I will set it up; So that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord, Even all the Gentiles who are called by My name, Says the Lord who does all these things.’” The prophecy of Amos settled the early church on the fact that people were saved by faith. They saw and understood what was going on in their midst. They understood that God was restoring the tabernacle of David, and that He had given each of them the covenant of Sure Mercy. Mercy was coming to the Gentiles and they were going to be included in the harvest the nations. We are very well on the edge of the last great push, where the former and latter rain come at the same time. That will be an exciting season and I believe we stand on the cusp of it today. It is a season where the church must grow in the faith to walk through the end-times and possess the nations that God has ordained for His people to have.

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