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Returning to The First Century Church...

Disciples of ACTS
Graduates of 2018

In December of 2016, I was instructed by the Lord to begin teaching the Book of Acts in my bible study class. We went through the entire book, chapter-by-chapter and verse-by-verse. When I asked the Lord what was His reasoning for this, He said, "I am preparing my bride to walk in the same power and authority as the first century church." 

It took six months to complete our study. The revelation that manifested through the Holy Spirit during our study was life-changing for many. In the process, the Lord revealed that the true Church of Jesus Christ, was never meant to be about buildings or denominations, but about a movement of people under one Lord, one faith, and one baptism. 

In the spring of 2017, the Lord instructed me to start an online ministry class, and to allow it to be free and open to the public for anyone that was interested. The base of this class was to build the foundation of discipleship and ministry, according to the original way Jesus wanted, so that each individual could go into the world, preach the Gospel, lay hands on the sick, cast out demons, and bring the lost into the Kingdom of God. 

Our first class consisted of 27 people from 19 states. The class lasted 8 months. Upon completion, those who past the course received an authentic certificate of completion.

Returning to The First Century Church

One of the biggest problems with the western church today is that we have incorporated man's idea of what the church is suppose to look like. In the process, we have fallen away from the true church that Jesus Christ said in Matthew 16:18 "the gates of hell shall not prevail against." 

Jesus Christ never intended His church to be about buildings. One of the last things He prophesied before going to the cross was that the temple, where the Jews worshiped, would be destroyed, and that not one stone would be left on top of another (Mark 13:2).

We know that the temple was later destroyed by the Romans in 70 A.D, however Jesus didn't give this prophecy just to prove that Rome would destroy the Jew's place of worship; He was letting the them know that His death would fulfill the prophecy of reconciliation between man and God. In others words, we would no longer need a physical temple to worship because we would become the temple.

In Jeremiah 31:33, God promises that the time would come when He would write His law in the people's minds on their hearts. This was reconfirmed in Hebrews 10:15-16 with the Holy Spirit (who couldn't come until after Christ's death and resurrection) as the witness. Later, the Apostle Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 3:16, "Do you not know that you are a temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?"

Throughout the New Testament, we find a continuous truth that the first-century church was a movement of people; Jew and Gentile. The churches that the Apostle Paul referenced in his various letters where groups of believers that resided in various cities and provinces (e.g. Ephesus, Rome, Corinth, Galatia, etc.) and not a specific building. In fact, the majority of the groups met in homes, while others met in caves and secret places, such as 'upper rooms' because of the brutal persecution of Christians that continued until the fifth-century.

This is not to say that there aren't churches that are in buildings who are truly aiming to be the Church of Jesus Christ. This is to point out the fact that in today's society, the majority of the western church has forgotten the origin of the great commission given to us by Christ in Matthew 28:19;

"Go ye therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit."

In this final season, before the return of Jesus Christ, God is calling His remnant to once again walk in the power and authority as that of the first-century church, but even greater. And through the grace and wisdom of God, Faithful Walk Healing Ministries' mission is to build the true church of Jesus Christ according to the way He always intended. Therefore, this ministry is a far cry from the traditional church that's predominantly based on enclosing people behind four walls. Instead, we strive to be a movement of people, subjected under one Lord, one Faith, one Baptism.

Pray That The Remnant Will Rise

Mena Lee Jones
Faithful Walk Healing Ministries