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The Devotion of the Church

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Date: November 3, 2013

Speaker: Jay O'Brien

Series: Acts of the Church

Scripture: Acts 2:42–2:47

Tags: Acts, church, church plant, community, sermons, worship gathering

The Church:

     - Jesus is the foundation and leader of the church
     - The Holy Spirit empowers the church:
          - to witness
          - to apply grace
          - to live in community

“More than any of its competitors Christianity attracted all races and classes. Judaism never quite escaped from its racial bonds. Christianity, however, gloried in its appeal to Jew and Gentile, Greek and Barbarian. The Greek and Roman philosophies never really won the allegiances of the masses. They appealed to the educated the morally and socially cultured. Christianity drew the lowly and unlettered. Yet, also developed a philosophy of its own which commanded the respect of many of the educated. Christianity was for both sexes, while its rivals were primarily more for men. And the church welcomed both rich and poor. No other religion took in so many groups and strata of society. The question must be raised, why this unprecedented comprehensiveness came to appear to the world first in Christianity?" - Kenneth Scott Latourette

 

I. The church is marked by devotion to one another.

     - Romans 12:10 [NIV] “Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.”

     - Devotion to others requires that we not primarily be devoted to ourselves.

 

II. The church is marked by devotion to God.

     - Prayer reflects our love and dependence on God.

“Prayer is an all-efficient panoply, a treasure undiminished, a mine which is never exhausted, a sky unobscured by clouds, a heaven unruffled by the storm. It is the root, the fountain, the mother of a thousand blessings.” - John Chyrsostom

     “Semen est sanguis Christianorum" (The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church). - Tertullian

 

III. The church is marked by devotion to apostolic orthodoxy.

     - Apostolic orthodoxy was expressed through the Canon and the Creeds.

     - The gospel is the story of God’s devotion toward his Creation.

     - The devotion of the church is a response to the devotion of God.