Acts of the Remnant was born through a leading of the Holy Spirit and the conviction to share some important truths that God has led us to with our brethren in Christ.
The Purpose of the Acts of the Remnant Ministry:
If you take a look around our world right now you will see some pretty disturbing things going on. The world is getting worse and worse and it doesn’t seem like there’s any light at the end of the tunnel. But, as Christians we KNOW there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and that light is Jesus Christ. But the question you can’t help but ask yourself when you look around is “where is all the good”? Why does it seem like Christians are fading into the noise of the world, or disappearing altogether?
In the Book of Acts the church STOOD OUT. They were set apart from the world and what an impact that made on those around them, with one sermon bringing thousands of people to Christ in one day! The rate of growth in the Body of Christ was tremendous. So what’s different now? With so many people claiming to be Christian shouldn’t good be conquering evil? Why are new laws being passed on a regular basis that are in direct contradiction to the Bible? Why is God being pushed out of our schools?
The answer is that the “Christianity” many of us have been preached is not true Christianity. It is watered down and contradictory to the Word of God. I know a lot of people are going to be angry with that statement. But our goal for this ministry is to really open your eyes to what true BIBLICAL Christianity, not RELIGIOUS Christianity looks like.
Do you love the Bible? Do you love God? Then why don’t we, as the Body of Christ, OBEY GOD? Jesus said in John 14:15, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” Did you know that Jesus is God come in the flesh? The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob who came to be our Passover Lamb. No one and nothing on earth could fulfill the atonement for sin in God’s Law, only HE COULD DO THAT HIMSELF. So He came down in the flesh as His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. So when Jesus tells us to keep His commandments, He isn’t just talking about the new ones, he’s talking about ALL OF THEM THAT ARE HIS. That includes the ones in the Old Testament that JESUS gave us. If we separate Jesus from the rest of His Word then we are NOT following God anymore.
I know right about now you are saying “but Jesus fulfilled the law”. Let’s go back to what Jesus said in Matthew 5:17, “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill”. This right here tells us that if we interpret “fulfillment” of the law as “destroy” that we have the wrong interpretation. It cannot possibly mean that because Jesus said so. Therefore we need to take a step back and re-evaluate what this means. If “fulfill” doesn’t mean “destroy” then it has to mean something else.
Here’s what it means:
There are two parts of the law (and any law really): 1) the rules, and 2) the punishments for breaking those rules. If you get a ticket because you broke the local law and were speeding then you BROKE THE RULE, therefore you PAY THE PUNISHMENT. The same goes with God’s Law. He has a set of rules that He has clearly defined in the Bible and those rules NEVER CHANGE because (thankfully) God never changes (“For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.” – Malachi 3:6).
Now, let’s go back to our speeding ticket example. In order to fulfill the law you must pay the speeding ticket. If you don’t pay it then you will be forced to fulfill it in some other way like loosing your license, jail time or garnishment of wages. In order to fulfill God’s law when you break it, He laid out the punishments in His Word as well. These punishments can be really tough to swallow. Some include things such as sacrificing an animal (different animals/amounts of animals for breaking different laws), others are even as severe as punishment by death.
Here’s what Jesus did: HE FULFILLED THOSE PUNISHMENTS. How amazing is our God! He knew that we will never be perfect, we will never live up to His standards so long as we are bound to these sinful bodies. So HE LOVES US SO MUCH that He took on the punishments for us. Really think about that, and let it sink in. How beautiful is it that He would do this. Would you be able to do that for someone, how about for someone that is always hurting you and rejecting you? God did this. It still boggles my mind but I am so grateful.
John tells us in 1 John 3:4, “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.” So we are given a definition of sin: breaking God’s law. This is in the New Testament, which means that there is no arguing that it still applies. If there is still sin, and it is still defined as breaking God’s law, even after Jesus took on the punishments, then WHY WOULD YOU STILL BREAK GOD’S LAW? Every time we transgress the law, a punishment must be paid, and that punishment WAS PAID by Jesus. So, you could say, that each time you sin you are adding another lash to Jesus’ suffering. If you love Jesus, then wouldn’t you avoid that? I certainly hope so.
I say all of this to give you some background where God has led us and why He has led us to this ministry. It absolutely breaks my heart to see ministers teach people that the law no longer applies because that goes totally against the Bible and what Jesus Christ came to do.
The believers in the Book of Acts knew all of this, even Paul; and yes, we will get into some of the arguments people make against the law by misinterpreting Paul’s letters and some verses in the book of Acts, but at a later time. The way you HAVE TO study the Bible is to remember that it can NEVER contradict itself. If your interpretation of a piece of scripture contradicts with another clear statement made in the Bible somewhere else (like Matthew 5:17 and the others I mentioned above), then you need to keep searching for what that particular scripture means, because GOD NEVER CONTRADICTS HIMSELF and the entire Bible is 100% the Word of God. The early Christians also knew what transgressing the law did for their own personal walks. This isn’t a salvation issue, this is a SPIRITUAL WARFARE ISSUE. Sin opens the door for evil to enter our life and this is why we need to follow God’s Word. He knows more than we know. We might not understand why pork is unclean, but that’s not the point, the point is that GOD SAID IT WAS SO, SO IT IS. This goes with anything else that God commands us in His Word, both Old and New Testaments.
So when we talk about getting “back to a Book of Acts church”, are you starting to see why so many churches fail at that? The ONLY way we are going to get back to a church that is as powerful as the one in the Book of Acts is by putting ourselves in the apostles shoes and taking off the blinders that we’ve put on due to bad doctrinal teaching.
That’s what this ministry is for, to open eyes, ears, and minds to the Word of God and to take Him out of the box that thousands of denominations and bad teaching have TRIED to put Him in.
The People Behind Acts of the Remnant:
As of now, Acts of the Remnant is a husband-wife team made up of Andy and Sarah. As far as roles go, Andy is the voice and you’ll find him in the videos posted on our YouTube channel. Most of the blog posts are written by Sarah (unless Andy feels called to do so), but that’s mostly who is behind what.
The past few years God has been working on us as family. We both came from different “religious” backgrounds but have both believed in the God of the Bible for most of our lives. Unfortunately we were both pretty lukewarm until a few years ago when God started changing us big time and opened our eyes to the difference between relationship vs. religion. Religion boxes God in (or tries to) whereas having a daily relationship with God through the Holy Spirit, prayer, studying His Word, and coming into obedience to Him allows God to show you how big and powerful he really is.
So for the past few years we have started handing over each area of our lives to God as He leads. He’s been gentle, yet persistent with us. We’re thankful that God never gives you more than you can handle because while so much has changed in our lives these past few years, He has managed to move us to where we are so gradually. It’s been an extremely fulfilling journey that we look forward to continuing until the day we meet Him face-to-face.