We are Called to Devotion

devotion

“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers” (Acts 2:42).

Pastor’s Notes:

  • According to the book of Acts, the first followers of Jesus didn’t call themselves “Christians,” but “the Way”: people of the way of Jesus, the Way who is Jesus. Acts describes many characteristics of these “people of the Way,” and through this fall I will highlight eight of these qualities that should still characterize us as Christians today.
  • As people of the Way we are called to devotion: being committed “to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers” (Acts 2:42). This has two broad dimensions.
  • First, being “devoted to the apostles’ teaching” for us today means being committed to learning the way of Jesus by reading and studying the Scriptures together, especially the apostolic writings, our New Testament.
  • Second, being “devoted to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers” for us today means being committed to one another as a community of believers: sharing life together, even specifically sharing meals together in welcoming hospitality; and worshiping together, specifically celebrating communion together and praying together in unity.

Questions to Ponder:

  • On a scale of 1 to 10, how would I rate my “devotion to the apostles’ teaching,” to learning the way of Jesus by reading and studying the New Testament with fellow believers at Morden Mennonite Church?
  • On a scale of 1 to 10, how would I rate my “devotion to the fellowship,” to sharing life together and worshiping and praying together with fellow believers at Morden Mennonite Church?
  • What may be hindering this devotion in my own life?
  • What can I do to kindle this devotion in my own life? in the lives of others?
Based on a sermon delivered at Morden Mennonite Church on September 13, 2015.
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