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“The Church We Hope to Be” (part 1‪)‬ Meadowbrooke Church Sermon Podcast

    • Christianity

Acts 2:42-47



What we learn from the Bible and history is that the first century church turned the world upside-down.  Four vital characteristics enabled the church in Acts 2:42-47 to become an unstoppable force resulting in God-shaped transformation in the communities that surround her.  I believe that if you devote yourself to the same four things that the first century Church devoted themselves to, you will experience the kind of vibrancy and life God wants for you and this church in 2022.  The four characteristics exhibited by first century Christians are the following:



The Church devoted themselves to God.The Church devoted themselves to one another.The Church devoted themselves to prayer.The Church devoted themselves to the mission of God.



I will unpack the first two characteristics today, and I will unpack the final two characteristics next week.  My hope and prayer is that we will not only use these characteristics to lay the foundation for the future of Meadowbrooke Church, but that you will be able to lay a foundation for a life of God-begotten and Christ-centered vibrancy in 2022 and the years to come.



They Devoted Themselves to God



How did the first century Christians devote themselves to God?  They did so by devoting themselves to the Apostle’s teaching.  What does that mean and what does that look like?  To be devoted to the Apostle’s teaching is to be devoted to the Word of God, or as commonly referred to, the Bible.  The Church was committed to the Word of God as the only authority of God almighty.



To be devoted to the Word of God means you must listen and obey it, not so that you can fill your mind with knowledge, but so that you know and understand God.  The Bible says that, “the people who know their God shall stand firm and take action” (Dan. 11:32).  In other words, when you have a proper perspective of who God is, you will have an appropriate perspective of everything else in your life.  This is why the Prophet Jeremiah declared: “Thus says the LORD: ‘Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts, boast in this, that he understands and know me…”  (Jer. 9:23-24). 



Who is God?  God is the One who spoke and made everything out of nothing (Gen. 1:1) just as the Scriptures declare: “By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible” (Heb. 11:3).  God is the One who formed man from the dust of the earth and made him into his own image.  God is the One who is big enough to assign a name to every single star of the trillions that make up our universe (Psalm 147:4) and concerned deeply enough about you that he has already numbered every hair on your head (Luke 12:7).  Who is God?  God is the one who delivered the Hebrews from the grip of Pharaoh and his army by parting the Red Sea with the breath of his nostrils and destroyed the entire Egyptian army with a simple exhale (Exod. 15:1-18). 



God is the one who destroyed the city of Jericho with the sound of trumpets and the shouts of his people.  God is the one who conquered an army of 120,000 with only Gideon and three hundred of his soldiers armed only with torches and clay jars.  God is the one who killed the giant Goliath with a simple stone in David’s sling.  God is the one who, “…changes times and seasons; removes kings and sets up kings…”  (Dan. 2:21).



God is the one who promised a deliverer to every generation that has come after Adam and Eve.  God is the one who miraculously blessed Mary to be the mother of that deliverer even though she was a virgin.  God is the one who took on flesh in the person and work of his own Son, Jesus Christ.  God is the one who cursed his son while he hung in our place on the cross (Isa. 53).  After Jesus died and was buried, God is the one who raised him u

Acts 2:42-47



What we learn from the Bible and history is that the first century church turned the world upside-down.  Four vital characteristics enabled the church in Acts 2:42-47 to become an unstoppable force resulting in God-shaped transformation in the communities that surround her.  I believe that if you devote yourself to the same four things that the first century Church devoted themselves to, you will experience the kind of vibrancy and life God wants for you and this church in 2022.  The four characteristics exhibited by first century Christians are the following:



The Church devoted themselves to God.The Church devoted themselves to one another.The Church devoted themselves to prayer.The Church devoted themselves to the mission of God.



I will unpack the first two characteristics today, and I will unpack the final two characteristics next week.  My hope and prayer is that we will not only use these characteristics to lay the foundation for the future of Meadowbrooke Church, but that you will be able to lay a foundation for a life of God-begotten and Christ-centered vibrancy in 2022 and the years to come.



They Devoted Themselves to God



How did the first century Christians devote themselves to God?  They did so by devoting themselves to the Apostle’s teaching.  What does that mean and what does that look like?  To be devoted to the Apostle’s teaching is to be devoted to the Word of God, or as commonly referred to, the Bible.  The Church was committed to the Word of God as the only authority of God almighty.



To be devoted to the Word of God means you must listen and obey it, not so that you can fill your mind with knowledge, but so that you know and understand God.  The Bible says that, “the people who know their God shall stand firm and take action” (Dan. 11:32).  In other words, when you have a proper perspective of who God is, you will have an appropriate perspective of everything else in your life.  This is why the Prophet Jeremiah declared: “Thus says the LORD: ‘Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts, boast in this, that he understands and know me…”  (Jer. 9:23-24). 



Who is God?  God is the One who spoke and made everything out of nothing (Gen. 1:1) just as the Scriptures declare: “By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible” (Heb. 11:3).  God is the One who formed man from the dust of the earth and made him into his own image.  God is the One who is big enough to assign a name to every single star of the trillions that make up our universe (Psalm 147:4) and concerned deeply enough about you that he has already numbered every hair on your head (Luke 12:7).  Who is God?  God is the one who delivered the Hebrews from the grip of Pharaoh and his army by parting the Red Sea with the breath of his nostrils and destroyed the entire Egyptian army with a simple exhale (Exod. 15:1-18). 



God is the one who destroyed the city of Jericho with the sound of trumpets and the shouts of his people.  God is the one who conquered an army of 120,000 with only Gideon and three hundred of his soldiers armed only with torches and clay jars.  God is the one who killed the giant Goliath with a simple stone in David’s sling.  God is the one who, “…changes times and seasons; removes kings and sets up kings…”  (Dan. 2:21).



God is the one who promised a deliverer to every generation that has come after Adam and Eve.  God is the one who miraculously blessed Mary to be the mother of that deliverer even though she was a virgin.  God is the one who took on flesh in the person and work of his own Son, Jesus Christ.  God is the one who cursed his son while he hung in our place on the cross (Isa. 53).  After Jesus died and was buried, God is the one who raised him u

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