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what did they chase?

Published on April 30th, 2013

church 1 mainThe early church as described in the book of Acts is truly astounding.  This large group moved with one heartbeat and had immediate impact in their culture.  Lives were changed as a result of their intentional choices.  In Acts 2 you discover that this group gave their attention to some important items.

They gave their attention to teaching.

All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching…Acts 2:42.  That apostles’ teaching was the truth of Scripture. They devoted themselves to the words of God because they’re living, breathing, powerful, and have this unique ability to speak to everything we face in life.  Think about that.  God has left us with a set of words that can redefine our lives.  I know for me…the times when I feel like I’m really in a lane with God, and I feel strong are always the times when I have had personal moments in Scripture.  Do you ever feel as a parent, a leader, or friend that everything just gets taken out of you?  Your kids take, your friends take, your workers take, your boss takes, everybody takes.  And sometimes you just feel empty…like there’s nothing more to give.  When the well is dry, and the landscape of life is desolate; God’s Word has this amazing ability to fill.  

 They also gave their attention to “life-together.”

All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship…Acts 2:42.  The idea of this word “fellowship” refers to sharing things with others.  It’s not just talking about sharing “stuff”.  It most likely is referring to sharing ideas, purposes, and activities. This group was constantly ready for that kind of involvement.  They moved with one heartbeat, and it made them more effective.

They gave their attention to worship. 

All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper)…Acts 2:42.   The Lords Supper (breaking of bread…Eucharist…Communion) is simply the opportunity to remember what Jesus did for us when He died in our place.  That experience is an intense moment of worship where we get the chance to respond to the greatness of God.

They gave their attention to prayer.

All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer.  Acts 2:42.  This group wasn’t afraid to pray in bold ways and ask God for big things.  God has invited us to pray to him.  I think that’s an incredibly humbling thought.  God has invited me to talk with Him.  This group “got it.”  Their prayers made a difference.  I believe,  they spent their time praying for each other…praying for their church…praying for their community.

They chased teaching, life-together, worship, and prayer.  They started to reproduce the values of Christ in their lives and in their homes.  Now, I’m asking myself this question – am I willing to do the same?  Am I willing to give my attention to some basic things that can profoundly change me?

 

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