In Acts 2:42, we see the foundational pillars of power and purity in the early church. In addition to the sovereign empowerment of the Holy Spirit, the disciple’s “remained steadfast” in Christ-centered:
The Living Bible expresses it this way; “They joined themselves with other believers in regular attendance at the Apostles teaching sessions and at Communion services and prayer meetings.”
Why is each so important? Today we’ll look at the importance of remaining steadfast in the Apostles doctrine (biblical, Christ-centered teaching).
There are only three things that are eternal: God Himself, the human soul, and God’s Word. That in itself should make it important to us! Why? Because it is “the power unto salvation” and restoration with God. It has the power to change lives and conform us into the image of our Master, Jesus Christ --- “a leopard can’t change it’s spots” without the sovereign power of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God causing regeneration, transformation and sanctification in our lives.
God’s Word also tells us the heart and mind of God --- what He is like, what He thinks of us, what He’s done for us, what He promises to do for us --- and yes, what He expects of us in return.
It’s God’s written source of comfort, strength and stability. It’s also designed for the equipping of the saints for ministry to others: preaching, teaching, evangelism and service.
And unlike pastor or pope --- the Apostles spoke God’s Revelation “ex-cathedra” (without error). That ended with the Apostolic Age and the death of the last apostle (John). The Canon of Scripture, as we have it today, is what God deemed enough for us for faith and conduct. We can trust that all Scripture is:
Pop Quiz. Are we remaining steadfast in God’s Word? Do we:
Challenging stuff! Is that perhaps why the church in America is lacking spiritual and moral purity and power? Is it why the culture is making a greater impact on the church than the church is making on the world? Is it why perhaps, some in our own church --- lack power and purity? Perhaps why individually we each may lack it? What about our children?
Is it time to get serious --- genuinely serious --- about the things of God?
God is sovereign, life is short, and both sin and neglect have serious consequences!
Pastor Bob Morgan is the founding pastor of HCCF. His pastor's "heart-cry" is to see God glorified through the liberating power of the Gospel by leading people to freedom in Christ, and positive, biblical life-change.