Acts 2:42-46 – Every believer was faithfully devoted to following the teachings of the apostles. Their hearts were mutually linked to one another, sharing communion and coming together regularly for prayer. A deep sense of holy awe swept over everyone, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. All the believers were in fellowship as one body, and they shared with one another whatever they had. Out of generosity they even sold their assets to distribute the proceeds to those who were in need among them. Daily they met together in the temple courts and in one another’s homes to celebrate communion. They shared meals together with joyful hearts and tender humility. They were continually filled with praises to God, enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord kept adding to their number daily those who were coming to life.

I had no idea what I was getting into when Parris and I made the trip to California in 1973 to become part of the Christian community called God’s Army. God’s Army was birthed in the heat of the Jesus movement in Costa Mesa in Southern California. It relocated to a twenty acre former high school facility near Kerman, California. It was at this campus that Parris and I became part of that community that radically impacted and formed our Christian lives. It was more than what was taught in the school and in the services that changed us. Those alone were exceptional. I can still remember vividly some of the powerful services and some of our Bible College classes from those special days. They gave me the tools and the hunger to begin a lifelong study of God’s word.

But God’s Army was much more than a Bible College, it was a living organism. It was a modern day experiment in actually living in a New Testament lifestyle. We lived together, we worked together, we prayed and worshipped together, and we studied God’s word together; this is where I really learned what being a Christian man is all about. I learned about Christianity from others who were more seasoned in their walk with the Lord. I learned about a strong work ethic, I learned about giving, I learned about praying and preaching, I learned about personal evangelism, and I especially learned about the importance of the body of Christ and the beauty and protection of spiritual authority.

We may not have the benefit or challenges associated with living in a Christian community right now, but many of these same elements can take place in a healthy church. This is what we are striving to create at Victory Church. Community is not for the faint hearted, but only for those who will not settle for less than true authenticity.

1 thought on “DISCIPLED”

  1. Allowing Jesus to “tweak” the direction, make necessary adjustment. Humble to the point that we realize we are capable of getting off of His course by pride, stubbornness or worse, self promotion. If it’s been some time since you’ve gone through correction, you’re probably over due. These are some of the way’s to sustain a long, ever increasing Christian life. My senior pastors taught me this.

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