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Characteristic 1: Valuing preaching

Read Acts 2:42-47 & Hebrews 4:12 – Characteristic 1: Valuing preaching

“They devoted themselves to the apostles teaching…” (v.42)

Over this series, we’re going to consider some of the characteristics of the Acts 2 church, starting with the way they valued the preaching. For one moment put yourself into the shoes of our friend, Matthias, the newly appointed apostle. He’s witnessed Jesus alive from death and ascending to heaven in a cloud of glory and been chosen to tell the world. And now he’s been whammed by the Holy Spirit with a tongue of fire and rushing wind (Acts 2:1-4), which led to Peter (the clumsy fisherman) preaching the most amazing sermon which saw the Holy Spirit poured out on all flesh with 3000 being added to their 120 in one day! Matthias suddenly finds himself preaching every day to these new believers hanging on his every word. What a responsibility. Preaching and teaching was and is the apostle’s primary responsibility and a fundamental reason for the church to meet. A church family that wants to grow individually and corporately needs to place a high value on the preaching of the Word. What is clear is that like Matthias and the Apostles, our preaching and study must focus on Jesus Christ:   The gospel events and witnesses (historical facts of His death and resurrection);  The gospel promises (the offer of salvation through repentance, forgiveness and the gift of the Holy Spirit); The gospel conditions (every person needs to make a decision and live in light of that decision).

Do we always place a high value on learning from the preaching of the Word? When was the last time you made notes on a preach or allowed it to make changes in your life? Teaching the Word of God required devotion then and still does today.

Pray today:

· Pray today for the Bible teachers we have in our Four12 apostolic partnership and Living Hope. Pray that the Holy Spirit will guide them into all truth (John 16:13) and inspire them to communicate the gospel with boldness.

· Why not, this Sunday, take a notebook and a Bible and ask the Holy Spirit to highlight something you can apply in your life from the message?

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