Discipleship | Lesson 10 | Devotion 4
Acts 2:41-47 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized:and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. And they continued stedfastly in the apostles ‘doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. And fear came upon every soul:and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. 44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
Sometimes we don’t struggle with a heart to serve or obedience to serve, we simply struggle with where to serve. Here at Franklin Road, we have broken down the purpose of our church into three simple phrases – know God, grow together, and showing others. These phrases are not only a purpose statement and a process for every Christian, but they are also areas of service that each Christian can involve themselves in. Let’s take a look at how you can be involved in purposeful service:
Know God (Acts 2:41-42)
Every Christian should be involved in knowing God personally. WIthin the heart of every believer, there should be a desire to become closer to God through Jesus Christ. Our relationship with God is so vital simply because it is the avenue through which every other aspect of our Christian life flows. If our walk with God is not proper, our service will not be joyful. If our walk with God is complacent, our attitude toward others will be lacking. To truly understand all that God desire for our lives, we must know Him.
Grow Together (Acts 2:44-46)
One of the greatest services you can do for the cause of Christ is become close with fellow Christians. The Gospel cannot and will not go forward without a unified effort. The church is a wonderful place to grow in your relationship with God, but it is also a wonderful place to grow with other Christians. Sometimes, we see the church as a place to make business relationships or casual connections, but the church’s purpose is greater than that. The church offers spiritual relationships, the church offers prayerful relationships, the church offers serving relations, and so much more! A Spirit-filled Christian will desire to see spiritual relations grow through the local church just as the early disciples did.
Showing Others (Acts 2:46-47)
Whether or not you have found your place to serve or a ministry that fits your gifts or are already serving, every Christian should be involved in showing the Gospel to others. Following our relationship with Christ and a unity of growth in the church, we are responsible to share the Gospel with others. Throughout this course, you have seen and heard the Great Commission talked about. The goal of every Christian should be to get to the point where they share the Gospel with others. This is a service to the cause of Christ and the church in which every Christian can be involved.
The Gospel brings a sense of purpose to our life. It brings a way for our lives to be much larger than and more impactful. Salvation gives us an opportunity to make a little difference in a big world. No matter what your ministry title may be, we can all serving by knowing God personally, growing together spiritually, and showing others regularly