Good Life! We have officially begun our 5 week CommunITY experience. The goal is not to try to re-create the first century church but rather to devote ourselves to the same things the 1st century church devoted themselves to and trust God to do what He wants with us in the 21st century.
On Sunday we focused on devotion to the apostles teaching. (Acts 2:42) In our society biblical illiteracy is rampant both outside and inside the church. In contrast, we saw that the early church devoted themselves to the teachings of Jesus through the apostles. There was a dedication to not only knowing what Jesus had taught but more importantly a resolution to actually living it out. If we have any chance of experiencing the community that the first church had we must be a people of the Word of God. Hearer and Doers.
The challenge was to start small, and start now.
Here were the 5 Application challenges:
- Start taking notes on Sunday. Buy a journal, we provide a pen and write down stuff that sticks out.
- Take advantage of our online resource. Message is posted each week, usually by Wed. goodlifefl.com
- Start listening to somebody else. Chip Henderson, Tony Evans, John Piper, David Platt, Matt Chandler. Google them and you will be able to find their messages online.
- Join a journal group. Men’s group is 6am on Wed. Ladies is 9am on Fridays. Email me this week (firstname.lastname@example.org) or put on your card “I want to be in a journal group!”
- Commit to reading a Proverb everyday this month…coinciding with the day (31 Proverbs)
My prayer is that if you desire to experience the unity, selflessness, generosity, and joy of the first century church movement then you begin today by devoting yourself to the teachings of the apostles. We find those in the scriptures.
Today is July 1st. Start small, start now. Take some time to read Proverbs 1. Remember your life is subject to the scriptures, not the other way around. I trust that today could be the very beginning of a revolution of change in your life, our church and furthermore the cities we call home!
I have included below Proverbs 1 for your reference and study. If you have social networking use #devoted or #CommunITY if you choose to post anything that you have learned or were challenged by. Feel free to post on the Good Life Church Florida facebook page as well.
Love each of you and I am truly grateful to God that I get to serve as your pastor.
Proverbs 1 (New International Version)
Prov. 1:1 ¶ The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:
Prov. 1:2 for attaining wisdom and discipline;
for understanding words of insight;
Prov. 1:3 for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life,
doing what is right and just and fair;
Prov. 1:4 for giving prudence to the simple,
knowledge and discretion to the young—
Prov. 1:5 let the wise listen and add to their learning,
and let the discerning get guidance—
Prov. 1:6 for understanding proverbs and parables,
the sayings and riddles of the wise.
Prov. 1:7 ¶ The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge,
but fools despise wisdom and discipline.
Prov. 1:8 Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction
and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.
Prov. 1:9 They will be a garland to grace your head
and a chain to adorn your neck.
Prov. 1:10 ¶ My son, if sinners entice you,
do not give in to them.
Prov. 1:11 If they say, “Come along with us;
let’s lie in wait for someone’s blood,
let’s waylay some harmless soul;
Prov. 1:12 let’s swallow them alive, like the grave,
and whole, like those who go down to the pit;
Prov. 1:13 we will get all sorts of valuable things
and fill our houses with plunder;
Prov. 1:14 throw in your lot with us,
and we will share a common purse”—
Prov. 1:15 my son, do not go along with them,
do not set foot on their paths;
Prov. 1:16 for their feet rush into sin,
they are swift to shed blood.
Prov. 1:17 How useless to spread a net
in full view of all the birds!
Prov. 1:18 These men lie in wait for their own blood;
they waylay only themselves!
Prov. 1:19 Such is the end of all who go after ill-gotten gain;
it takes away the lives of those who get it.
Prov. 1:20 Wisdom calls aloud in the street,
she raises her voice in the public squares;
Prov. 1:21 at the head of the noisy streets she cries out,
in the gateways of the city she makes her speech:
Prov. 1:22 ¶ “How long will you simple ones love your simple ways?
How long will mockers delight in mockery
and fools hate knowledge?
Prov. 1:23 If you had responded to my rebuke,
I would have poured out my heart to you
and made my thoughts known to you.
Prov. 1:24 But since you rejected me when I called
and no one gave heed when I stretched out my hand,
Prov. 1:25 since you ignored all my advice
and would not accept my rebuke,
Prov. 1:26 I in turn will laugh at your disaster;
I will mock when calamity overtakes you—
Prov. 1:27 when calamity overtakes you like a storm,
when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind,
when distress and trouble overwhelm you.
Prov. 1:28 ¶ “Then they will call to me but I will not answer;
they will look for me but will not find me.
Prov. 1:29 Since they hated knowledge
and did not choose to fear the LORD,
Prov. 1:30 since they would not accept my advice
and spurned my rebuke,
Prov. 1:31 they will eat the fruit of their ways
and be filled with the fruit of their schemes.
Prov. 1:32 For the waywardness of the simple will kill them,
and the complacency of fools will destroy them;
Prov. 1:33 but whoever listens to me will live in safety
and be at ease, without fear of harm.”