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Read Acts 2:14-41 – You’re on the Team

“And with many other words he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation.” So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.” (v.40-41)

It’s perhaps important to remind ourselves on this journey of discovery with the early church that Peter’s sermon did not come with ready-made church membership courses. As 3000 were added, we need to look at his final words. First, note his preach did not end here but he continued to exhort them with many words. This makes it clear they had only just begun. Second, he says “save yourselves”. Peter was not just asking for individual, private responses to the gospel but for a public identification with other believers. Commitment to the Messiah meant commitment to the messianic community, i.e. the church. In fact, anyone receiving the word, the good news of Jesus, was baptised in a very public declaration of that commitment. Sometimes it is good to remind ourselves that we need the church more than the church needs us. These early believers clung to each other because they were on a journey of discovery and this meant they devoted themselves to everything about the church. The biblical definition of devotion is like that of the destruction of Jericho (Joshua 5-6) – absolutely everything must be devoted to God. Peter was teaching that every Christian is transferring themselves from an old corrupt community to a new one that is being saved (Acts 2:47). As Christians, we are together on the same team and this means 100% devotion to the church community. Is it time to reassess our commitment to Sundays and Life Group, or the Prayer meeting, or our financial and diary priorities? A personal commitment to Jesus is great but it needs to be expressed through the church.

Pray today:

· Pray for your devotion to the church. Does Peter’s challenge highlight any areas you want to recommit or develop this year?

· Pray for unity in the church that we might devote ourselves with one purpose and one mind.

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