Last week we launched our theme for the year 'Grow' from Colossians 2:6-7.
So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
Over the next month we are exploring as a Church the things that we can be intentional about to see each of us grow in our Christian walk and grow as a church. Our focus passage for this series 'Devoted' is from Acts 2:42 which gives us insight into the growth of the early church
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
This passage tell us that the the new believers devoted themselves to certain things. The word devoted in that verse is often translated as continued steadfast and can also mean - to join, to adhere to, to be ready, to give attention to, to be faithful, to be fully committed to, to continue to do something with intense effort, to keep on, to persist in. This devotion was something that affected and governed their whole life, it wasn’t a quick or casual act.
The first thing they did was that they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching. They were eager to hear the things that Jesus had taught and which the Holy Spirit was now instructing the apostles to share with the people. They listened over and over, they memorised this teaching and they shared it with others around them.
We too will grow by devoting ourselves to the word of God. As we do this we will discover a clearer picture of who God is and how He has revealed Himself through scripture.
In this message we explore the importance of reading and meditating on the Bible and the need to be systematic in our studying of it. We are challenged too that ultimately, we need to do more than just study - we need to obey, and to put into practice all that God tells us through His word. And we need to share God’s word with others. In this way we will grow spiritually and God’s kingdom will grow as we lead others to Him.