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Being devoted to… the Apostle’s teaching (Acts 2:42 Series)

December 26, 2010

There are many things in the world which people use to base their life on. Some base their lives on the culture they find themselves in, others choose a teacher, or a philosophy, a book or whatever pops in to their head on a minute by minute basis. All of us have based our lives on something like this in the past but Christians have come to realise that these ways of doing things really don’t satisfy. Instead we believe we have a better way of life, something better to base our lives on!

Christians believe we have found the person who has shown us how to live and who died and rose again so that we could have the ‘slate wiped clean’ and start to live this new life. This person was Jesus Christ, but Jesus lived two thousand years so how do we go about following this God-man today? Well Jesus prepared for this by choosing twelve mates who would live with Him and who He would teach so that after He had died, risen and gone to heaven, they could stay and teach others about this amazing good news. So it’s no surprise that when we look at Acts 2 we find the first gatherings of Jesus’ followers listening carefully to these guys, and being devoted to their teaching. They wanted to know what Jesus’ life and death had meant and how they could live this new life. As the church grew and the apostles got older it seemed wise for them to write down what they witnessed and what they had been taught so that future generations could benefit as well. When the writing was done, all those letters and books and visions of the future were eventually collected together and form what is known as the New Testament and along with the Jewish teachings which Jesus had taught from, now called the Old Testament, the Bible was formed.

It is this teaching which we are called to be devoted to in Acts 2:42. Christians do this in a number of ways: we read the Bible by ourselves, we read and study in small groups and we listen to someone explain it every Sunday. But if this is all we did it, it would be a good start but it wouldn’t really be devotion because knowing what the Bible says is only the first step. So the Christian community should be helping one another to live out the teaching and example of Jesus on a day-to-day basis. As we have done, and as we continue to do this, we’ve found that knowing Jesus this way really is the best way to live, the best thing to base our lives on and for this reason we want to tell more people about what we’ve found.

To read more from this series click here!

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. June 1, 2011 5:11 pm

    Good Article Mike. It takes more than just Sunday Mornings to live out our lives as Jesus did. The sense of community has been lost in a lot of churches. We need it back.

    Keep up the good work!

  2. June 2, 2011 2:34 pm

    I agree. For a long time my wife and I have avoided the church, being jaded by the ‘commercialism’ of it all. We feel that when a church has to revert to staged performances and theatrics, something has seriously gone amiss. Don’t get me wrong, plays and choral arrangements, solos, etc.. are all well and good, but, it shouldn’t be the Feature Presentation, so to speak.

    I think we (true faithful believers) should start a new movement. We need to take the church back to Acts, small gatherings in homes with interactive Bible study. Sunday School at home, if you will. I think folks will have greater conviction of the Holy Spirit this way, more opportunity to develop that deeper relationship with our Lord Jesus that we so desperately need.

    Thanks for your thoughts Mike. Keep up the Good Work, and fight the Good Fight!

  3. June 5, 2011 10:17 pm

    Indeed! We just finished a 30 week Bible study that took us about 68 weeks. Why? We do not hurry to get done what needs to get done for that study. If there are questions or expanded conversations that people want to have, we may keep discussing the same topic for several weeks. It is beneficial to really dig into the Word and then hear how it speaks to each of us and then be sure that everyone in the group understands what God is saying the best that they can before we move forward.

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