Foundations For Our Future (Special 7)
Foundations for Our Future (Special #7)
by: The Rev. Dr. Jon Shuler
When the work of our Lord Jesus was done on earth, he gave to his disciples the assignment he had received from the Father. They were to manifest his love to the world. This would require that the Holy Spirit fall upon them, and that they would then be obedient witnesses to the ends of the earth. And it began in Jerusalem. There, on the Day of Pentecost, the preaching of the gospel by Peter resulted in over three thousand converts in one day. How did the early disciples cope?
Luke tells us that the new believers “devoted themselves to the apostle’s teaching and fellowship, the breaking of bread and the prayers.” (Acts 2:42) They immediately kept the pattern that Jesus had taught them: they met in one another’s homes, and they went up to the Temple to pray. With this simple organization the church began to grow and grow. Today there are almost two and a half billion of us. Almost one in three people alive today profess to be Christians. But are we devoted?
What does it mean to be "devoted…to the apostle’s teaching?” Most certainly it means to be devoted to the teaching of Jesus as he gave it to his apostles. And where do we find it? We find it in the New Testament.
The rebuilding that must occur in our country must begin with the rebuilding of the church of Jesus. It must begin with a renewed commitment to the teaching of Jesus.
Who will be devoted to that call?