How can a church really be effective? Seeing lives changed, seeing people consistently crossing the line of faith, baptisms being a common occurrence…

Different churches likely answer this question many different ways.

They might say the key to being a prevailing, dynamic church is to have a…

  • Gifted and high energy staff
  • State of the art facility
  • Clear vision and an insightful strategy
  • Powerful teaching ministry
  • Creative, contemporary, rockin worship service

While there is certainly nothing wrong with any of these attributes, I think to depend upon them for fruitfulness is a mistake. None are to be trusted in.

Now, the church was booming in the book of Acts – so let’s go there to look for an answer!

In Acts 11 we read an account of Jewish converts, scattered miles away from Jerusalem due to the persecution that followed Stephen’s martyrdom, going to Antioch and sharing the good news of Jesus with the Gentiles. Check out verse 21:

“The Lord’s hand was with them, and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord.”

The “Lord’s hand” was a common Old Testament metaphor for the manifestation of God’s presence and power. That was the key to their success! The Lord’s hand was with them.

I want the Lord’s hand to be with ACC. I want his presence and power to be our primary quality!

That’s why I want to urge you to join us here this Thursday, September 27th at 7PM for our NIGHT OF WORSHIP AND PRAYER. Together we must demonstrate our dependence on him through prayer. We must seek his presence, we must plead for his blessing, we must humbly ask for him to use us and meet our every need.

All we seek to accomplish at ACC will be in vain unless we are a church that prays.