The prayerACTS movement is over 1 million diverse Christians living out the book of Acts together.
The book of Acts is not about racial reconciliation: it is about the Holy Spirit’s move birthing the church after Jesus’ ascension to heaven. However, as a result of the Holy Spirit’s move, stories of racial reconciliation abound throughout the book of Acts. Where the Holy Spirit moves, racism simply must end. One cannot embrace both racism and the Holy Spirit – when he abides in one, he necessarily forsakes the other. Racial reconciliation is a symptom of revival. So, this diverse group of people is returning to a shared spiritual heritage where the New Testament church’s story began — the book of Acts. We hope that the Holy Spirit will bring revival and narrow the racial divide beginning with the church.
As Christians who well know the world’s only authoritative source of truth and the only Redeemer, it is incumbent upon us to lead the way in our broken culture. No power aside from God’s healing can bring the races together and, if the church cannot unite, then there is little hope for society at large. To study the same book at the same time may seem like a small thing unless you know the book of Acts. Though Christians of different walks of life tend to be separated during their respective worship times, this is a profound way for us to align with one another. It is a way for people of different races to unite over something shared; a passionate love for God’s perfect Word.
While the historical books of the Bible tell of what has happened and the prophetic books tell of what will happen, the book of Acts could be argued as the telling of a story that is happening now. It were not as though the final chapter of Acts ended the church. No. Jesus’ words of prophecy over Peter are absolutely true. The gates of hell cannot overcome God’s church. The same Holy Spirit that brought people from every nation together in Acts 2, the same Holy Spirit who healed the rift between Hebrew believers and Hellenistic believers in Acts 6, the same Holy Spirit who brought Philip to reach out to the Ethiopian official, the same Holy Spirit who called Ananias to put his hand on the shoulder of his persecutor in Acts 9, the same Holy Spirit who confronted Peter’s prejudice in Acts 10 — that same one and only Holy Spirit of God — is alive and well and moving in His church today.
So, we read of the Holy Spirit’s move and we invite His presence into our churches today as we study Acts alongside one another.
Explore the Bible has put together some completely free resources for all of us to share. At prayeracts.com, you can see our panel of world-class experts teach about instances of racial reconciliation in the book of Acts, you can jump on-board with the free Reading Plan beginning March 6, you can use the free digital Bible, and you can be blessed by other free message videos as well.
Live out what the book of Acts teaches you and share stories of what God does with the social media hashtag “#prayerACTS.” Welcome to the movement, friend.