2020 is going to be focused on the word "Devoted" and each quarter (3 months) will be focused on a different element of Acts 2:42. (You may remember that last year we focused on the word ACCESS)

 

The early church was described in the book of Acts as being "devoted" to the following elements;

 

  • "to the Apostles' teaching"

  • "to fellowship"

  • "to the breaking of bread"

  • "to prayer"

"to the Apostles' Teaching"

What does it mean that the first church community was "devoted to the Apostles' teaching?"

The following are some resources to help answer this question;

The Apostles' Teaching - Alistair BeggTruth For Life Archive
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What was an Apostle?

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What is the Apostles' Teaching?

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APPLICATION: How can you be better devoted to the Apostles' teaching in your own life?

- Read Scripture from the New Testament every day as part of your regular Bible reading

- Take notes during sermons and try to apply the teaching to your life

- Read trustworthy commentaries, articles, blogs that can help you better understand the New Testament

- Ask the elders of your church questions when they come up

Some trustworthy resources to read are the following;

The Gospel Coalition - https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/

Desiring God - https://www.desiringgod.org/

Ligonier Ministries - https://www.ligonier.org/

Christianity Today - https://www.christianitytoday.org/

Got Questions? - https://www.gotquestions.org/

For the Church - https://ftc.co/

Crosswalk - https://www.crosswalk.com/

Lysa Terkeurst - https://lysaterkeurst.com/

CRU - https://www.cru.org/

Truth For Life - https://www.truthforlife.org/

"to fellowship"

What does it mean that the first church community was "devoted to fellowship?"

The following are some resources to help answer this question;

To Fellowship - Alisdair BeggTruth For Life Archive
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What is fellowship?

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APPLICATION: How can you be better devoted to the fellowship in your own life?

- Get to know other brothers and sisters in the church by spending time together

- Take time to listen to each other's testimonies

- Take the Lord's Supper (Communion) seriously as it is a unifying act as a church

- Love one another as the Holy Spirit leads you

- Commit to coming to Sunday service every week so that you might be with one another in worship

- Pray together

Pastor Bill's Devotional Blog coming soon...