8/20/2021 0 Comments
Acts 2:42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.
The early church in the Book of Acts show us the four pillars for us as church. They devoted and followed these four foundational pillars. The Word of God, Fellowship, Breaking of Bread and Prayers.
Being “Devoted” Steadfastly single-hearted single minded for Jesus. To be in constant readiness for one, wait on constantly.
Philippians 2:2 Complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.
Let us look this week at the First foundational pillars the Word of God.
They were Devoted to the Word:
Why do I believe, read, and apply the Bible in my life? I choose to believe the Bible because it's a reliable collection of historical documents written down by eyewitnesses during the lifetime of other eyewitnesses. They report to us supernatural events that took place the fulfillment of specific prophecies. We know the writings are divine rather than human in origin. Its God breathed, sixty-six books written over a period of approximately 1,550 years, with at least 40 human writers, most of whom did not know each other and were from different backgrounds. Three different languages. The Bible is the most important book in the history of mankind it is without error, and it is complete. Nothing needs to be added to it or taken away from it.
If the Bible is true, then it holds the answers to life’s biggest questions: “where did I come from?” “Why am I here?” and “What happens to me when I die?” But with all that the Bible has one unified message of Jesus the Messiah.
2 Timothy 3:16-17
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God[a] may be complete, equipped for every good work.
The Greek word translated inspired is literally “breathed out by God.” Our God communicates, and he has worked supernaturally through the Holy Spirit to communicate perfectly to us. When we read the Bible, we are reading the very words of the living God.
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
It penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” The “word of God” here is the written or spoken Word. The English Standard Bible says that the Bible is “living” and active. The living Word is active in the lives of those who receive it.
Bible cannot be ignored as if it were dead or obsolete. The Word of God is still powerful and very much alive.
1. Learn it- What if you tell me I can’t understand, that’s not true? I was in the same boat, but I prayed and asked for help.
John 14:26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.
Nehemiah 8:1-3 ESV
And all the people gathered as one man into the square before the Water Gate. And they told Ezra the scribe to bring the Book of the Law of Moses that the LORD had commanded Israel.  So Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly, both men and women and all who could understand what they heard, on the first day of the seventh month.  And he read from it facing the square before the Water Gate from early morning until midday, in the presence of the men and the women and those who could understand.
And the ears of all the people were attentive to the Book of the Law. Water is a symbol of the Word of God. Therefore, it’s appropriate that the people gathered at the water gate.
Psalm 119:9 How can a young man keep his way pure?
By guarding it according to your word.
John 15:3 Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you.
Ephesians 5:26 that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word.
2. Live it-and act on the word, it is better live the truth than just know truth. Live your life on what is based on the Word of God. When we apply the water of the Word to our lives, then the Spirit can work and bring the help we need. It is refreshing to the soul when you receive the Word and allow the Spirit to teach you.
How does that look practically? Let us look at the Book of Joshua.
Joshua 1:8 ESV
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall (learn it) meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to (live it) do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
It is conditional promise you will be blessed and have good success if you meditate on the word day and night but also live it do according to all that is written.
My prayer for you is that would allow the Word of God to guide your life daily. This is one of the first foundational pillars of the early and church as well us our church here in Devine, Texas. Give God some time daily to read, observe, interpret, and apply His word daily in your life. It will change everything.
Simple Man that Loves the Lord and Loves teaching the Bible simply.