There is a simple way to do this – so simple that once we see it we will say, ” Oh yeah’!
Think of archaeological artefacts – pottery and metal objects found at ancient sites. Those artefacts are a direct link to the past – to people and events long gone.
Friends of Jesus have direct links and artefacts of early church spirituality inside us – that is, the Holy Spirit and his spiritual gifts to name some. This means that with God the Spirit’s help we can not only recover but can also experience early church spirituality today. Simple right? All we need is a humble and teachable heart. This means we listen to what the Bible says about the Bible, and not necessarily what people say the bible is saying. Eg, BB Warfield taught “cessationism” – that spiritual gifts ceased when the apostles died and had finished writing the New Testament. Sounds sound right? Except you wont find that teaching in the New Testament – that is, it is just not there.
The way to experience early church spirituality is this:
1. Make Jesus your saviour ….and Lord. Lord = follow his teachings and align your life under his lordship.
2. Ask Jesus Spirit to teach you about your next step – it might be to do with life direction, or some character or personal issue, or some insight about your present circumstances, or some spiritual skill you feel you need ( like more prayer or spiritual gift power) .
3. Focus on the artefacts God has placed inside your heart (such as the HS or gift of faith etc) to make headway or progress in the matter or to get God’s provision for yourself. Remember, those living artefacts are your direct link to early church power and spirituality. Eg, put full faith in the Lord who is the Spirit and confidently ask him to help you progress (confidently, because he will not respond to our doubts). Keep expectant, praying, believing and reading your Bible and you will receive wisdom and insight in those matters you are wanting help with.
4. On the other hand you can use another of the artefacts of early church spirituality, say faith, and keep holding your matter before God until he talks to you or gives you some other provision.
In conclusion, using our indwelling spiritual artefacts we can easily recover early church spirituality and power – things we, the Church and the world really need.