Phil’s Points to Ponder for May 7, 2017

A little boy came home after his very first Sunday School class. His Mom asked who his teacher was. The little boy answered, “She was a real nice lady. I don’t remember her name, but she must’ve been Jesus’ grandma or something, because she didn’t talk about anybody else all morning.”

 

It’s obvious this woman was a devoted teacher and a devoted Christian. The question this story and our passage for Sunday (Acts 2:42-47) asks us is: “Are we as devoted?” Do our actions and our conversation reflect our love for Jesus? Do our words and actions give away our relationship with the Savior?

This passage is a living snapshot of the life of the early church. It reveals their devotion and faith. It reveals what was central to their lives and the character of their discipleship. The passage says they were devoted to Bible Study & Worship.

Actually it says “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching,” “and day by day they spent much time together in the temple”…Bible Study & Worship.  We learn about and are drawn closer to God and become better disciples through Bible study and worship.

People are starving for answers to problems. Some are dying from spiritual starvation and yet they never open up God’s guidebook to life. Or they never attend a worship service and just soak in the presence of God. The early church “devoted themselves” to this effort.

Secondly, the scripture says “They devoted themselves to fellowship.” This is an extremely important aspect of our faith. God created us to be in fellowship with one another. God didn’t create us to be alone. It’s always easier when two people share the load.

Just think about the number of times we’ve set up tables for meals or meetings. While the tables we use aren’t very heavy it’s a whole lot easier when someone helps us. It’s the same with our faith. Fellowship through worship, through play, in work and in missions allows us to share the load with one another. And we grow in faith.

Thirdly, this scripture says, “They devoted themselves to the breaking of bread.” This definitely deals w/ celebrating Holy Communion but it also deals with the sharing of meals. I believe there’s a very rich blessing that comes from sitting down across from a friend and fellow Christian and eating together. To me, it is almost sacramental. It reminds us of the meals Jesus shared w/ his disciples; especially the Last Supper. Fellowship dinners are an important aspect of the Church. They build up the faith and they feed the faithful. The early Church knew this.

Then, in the fourth place, this scripture says, “They devoted themselves to prayer.

      I hope you will take the time to read Acts 2:42-47 as you prepare for worship this Sunday. This passage has much to teach us about what it means to be the Church, and what we can expect to happen when we really and truly “devote ourselves” to something or someone greater than our selves.

 

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