Saturday, April 19, 2008

How Committed Are You?

Committed to the Basics: Part 6

If we are going to grow in our faith and if our church families are going to in their impact we have to be people who are committed. First, we must be committed to following the Lord Jesus Christ wherever He might lead us. Second, we must be committed to doing those actions that give strength to our faith. We must be committed to learning God’s word. We must be committed to fellowship with other Christians. We must be committed to the Lord’s Supper as we remember Jesus’ sacrifice. We must be committed to prayer as we turn our lives over to God.

The reason the early church was able to make such an impact is because they were dedicated to these disciplines. Read how Luke describes the early church:
42 They continually devoted themselves to the teaching of the apostles, to fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to times of prayer. 43 A sense of fear came over everyone, and many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together, and they shared everything with one another. 45 They made it their practice to sell their possessions and goods and to distribute the proceeds to anyone who was in need. 46 They had a single purpose and went to the temple every day. They ate at each other's homes and shared their food with glad and humble hearts. 47 They kept praising God and enjoying the good will of all the people. And every day the Lord was adding to them people who were being saved. (Acts 2:42-47; ISV)

Because they were dedicated to these basic fundamentals the early church was able to impact the community, the culture, in which they lived. They were able to see God at work which caused them to thank and praise God. Their integrity and compassion brought them the respect of people. The result was that God added to their numbers everyday. Growth was the natural outcome of their commitment.

Here is the question I want to throw out to you today: How committed are you to doing these basic fundamentals of faith? Because each one of them, in one form or another, is part of our regular weekly worship service we can fool ourselves into thinking that our religious obligation equals commitment. I believe we can see out commitment to these disciplines when we make an effort to do them outside of our worship services. By taking the initiative to make them happen we demonstrate our commitment to them.

This is the truth I want you to ponder: When we are committed to doing the basics God will make the difference. Luke tells us that it was the Lord who gave the growth to the early church. This will be true whether we are talking about our local church families or our personal lives. When we live a life of faith, as demonstrated by our commitment to the basic disciplines, God will strengthen and grow our lives and our churches. How committed are you to growing? It is time to get back to the basics.

  • Point to Ponder: When we are committed to doing the basics God will make the difference.
  • Passage to Remember: Acts 2:42-47
  • Question to Consider: What part do the basics of faith play in your life?

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