Archive for February 2015

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In our study of Acts 2:42-47, we see that salvation is the Lord’s work.  Only He can awaken dead sinners to be made alive in Christ.  He was growing His Kingdom every day through the lost coming to salvation. Membership into God’s church, from His perspective, is through Biblical salvation and faith in Christ, and not through church attendance or adherence to any set of moral rules.  No doubt, the witness of the church was an effective one because of the remarkable community and togetherness they shared, as well as the declaration of the gospel.

Questions to Consider
1. Are you trusting in Jesus alone for your salvation, or in church attendance or a moral code that you’ve set for yourself?

2. How does our pride, selfishness, and schedules keep us from deepening our authentic community and opening up our lives to fellow believers in Jesus and seeking the same from them?

3. Is there room in your life to share the gospel, disciple new believers, and help meet their needs should God begin to consistently grow His church here? What does that say about your heart to make disciples and your expectation of God to grow His church?

Action Steps
1. Read Ephesians 2:1-10.  Ponder your inability to achieve salvation on your own.  Ponder the grace and mercy of Jesus to rescue us and make us alive in Him.  Worship Him for that.

2. Meet with or call someone from our church this week to pray that God consistently grows our church through the lost coming to salvation in Jesus.  Use this time to share with each other what God is doing in your lives and struggles you may be facing.

3. Identify one lost person in this community that you have a relationship with. Pray for an opportunity to share the gospel with them and/or invite them to church.

2-8-2015 Ken Addison – A New Family Pt 2

Worship

Believers are a family with a common connection in the gospel of Jesus.  Because of our common salvation in Him, there is a new life that we share together. On Sunday, we continued our look at Acts 2.42-47.  We discovered that this new family of Jesus-followers was devoted to worshiping Jesus together daily in the Temple and in each others’ homes.  Their expressions of worship included teaching (learning about Jesus), Communion/The Lord’s Supper (remembering Jesus), prayer (seeking Jesus), all the while praising Jesus.

Questions to consider:
-How does our common devotion to the gospel impact our reasons for coming together to worship?
-Considering the early believers’ devotion to daily worship, what are some ways that you can stay connected with fellow believers in worship through the week?

Action Step: Plan a meal at your home with fellow believers that includes remembering Jesus through the Lord’s Supper and the other marks of the early church listed above.

Generosity
These early believers were also a very generous people, voluntarily selling their possessions and giving to their needy brothers and sisters in Jesus.  Acts 4:32-35 tells us that there were no needy among them, as if the needs of their brothers and sisters in Christ were more important to them than hanging onto their “stuff.”  As generous as this is, the generosity of Christ is infinitely greater.  In an act of His grace, God provided a way for our salvation in the death and resurrection of Jesus.  And in an act of His sovereign grace and will, if you are a follower of Jesus, He worked in your life to bring you to faith in this gospel and make you alive in Jesus when you were dead in your sins.  Your sinful nature would not allow you to choose Him, but He chose you and you were justified freely by His grace (Romans 3:23-24).  What generosity!

Questions to consider:
-What lesson(s) does 1 John 3:16-18 have for you?
-From God’s perspective, are your possessions gifts of His grace or stuff that you’ve earned?
-What causes you to be selfish with “your” stuff, and how can you be changed in light of the gospel?

Action Steps:
-Read Ephesians 1:3-14 and write down every way that you see the generosity of God displayed for those who trust in Jesus.  Daily worship Jesus for that this week.
-This week, identify a brother or sister in Christ with a physical or financial need.  Sacrifice something to meet that need.