These ten topics (which we are preaching at Crossroads Fellowship Church; website: crossroadschurchinaugusta.com) might help us come to grips with the issues that often slow down our sanctification process. By “saints” the Bible means every believer (not some special category of Christian determined by church authorities).
The text we have chosen to focus our attention on the saints is Acts 2:42 which reads:
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
We’ve noticed the devotion of these first-century believers. Now let’s see what unified them. They were thoroughly committed to four specific areas of truth: THE APOSTLES’ TEACHING, THE FELLOWSHIP, THE BREAKING OF BREAD, AND THE PRAYERS. Each of those four areas uses the definite article in Greek. That’s why I used the word “the” before each one.
These early believers cared about DOCTRINE, TOGETHERNESS, WORSHIP, AND COMMUNICATING WITH THE LORD! If we focused on these for priorities in the local church, don’t you agree that many of our conflicts, squabbles, and spats would vanish?
On the issue of DOCTRINE, what truths about God and the things of God ought to unite believers in Jesus? (I can think of dozens).
On the issue of TOGETHERNESS, what specific steps do we take to spend time with one another?
On the issue of WORSHIP, do we strive to unite our hearts as we praise the Lord together?
On the issue of PRAYER, how might we become much more serious in lifting up one another’s needs?
If fellow-Christians have got you down, my friend, forgive them, pray for them, and take specific steps to concentrate on the four priorities that ought to unite all Jesus-followers!