We continued our series “Living Church” this weekend at Eastbrook Church by looking at the statement, “they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching” (Acts 2:42). My message was entitled “Devoted to God’s Word.” The main point was that if we are going to be a church that is alive – a church living out our calling as the people of God – then we must come alive through devotion of time, knowledge, and attention to the Scriptures.
So much could be said about this topic but I have been intentionally limiting myself to the book of Acts in all of my messages in this series, with only occasional forays into other parts of the Bible.
The message outline is included below.
What is God’s Word?
- The Hebrew Bible (3:24; 8:28; 10:43)
- Jesus’ Teaching (1:2-3; Matthew 28:18-20; John 21:17)
- The Apostles’ Teaching (Acts 2:42; 6:2, 4)
- What about ongoing conversation with God?
What is Devotion to God’s Word?
- The devotion of time: daily and lifelong (Acts 2:42; 5:42; 18:11)
- The devotion of knowledge: deep and wide (Acts 2:1-39; 3:24; 7:2-53; 8:35; 20:20, 27)
- The devotion of attention: the difference between hearing and listening (Acts 10:33; 17:11-12; 19:10, 17-20)
What is the Purpose of Our Devotion to God’s Word?
- The shaping of discipleship (Acts 1:2-4; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Timothy 3:16)
- The obedience of discipleship (2 Timothy 3:17)
- The witness of discipleship (Acts 1:8; 4:1-2; 5:21, 32)