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Doing Faith Together

 

July 21

 

Read Acts 2:42-47 (ESV)

And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.

 

Reflect

Why is it important to learn, pray, and have meals in fellowship with other believers?

 

“I don’t really have to go to church because I can just stream it online.” “I’m too busy to get involved with a local body of believers.” “I don’t need Sunday school classes or group Bible studies. I can do that on my own at home. There are so many great podcasts and resources I can learn from these days.” Have you ever had these thoughts? Have they kept you from fellowship with other believers? I hope not!

 

It’s true that there are many amazing online resources and excellent podcasts that can help you as you seek to grow in your faith. Online streaming was certainly a blessing when Covid shut down many church services and it can still be a blessing when people are home-bound, sick, or traveling. It definitely is important to study your Bible for yourself. And of course, we are all busy. So why do I think those thoughts are lies meant to stunt your spiritual growth even if they are partially true? Because the Bible is clear that believers need each other!

 

In today’s verse, we catch a glimpse of the early church in action. The key theme here is that the first Christians did faith together. They were not lone wolves trying to stand alone. They were devoted to fellowship. They learned from the apostles together. They went to the temple to worship together. They practiced hospitality and invited each other into their homes for meals. They shared what they had generously with each other. They operated more like a family than just a group of people who ascribe to the same set of religious beliefs.

 

In fact, family is what we are! 1 John 3:1-2 says, “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.” We are all God’s children so that makes us brothers and sisters in Christ.

 

Ephesians 2:19 says that we are “fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God.”

 

Romans 12:5 says that we are united as one body: “So we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.”


When Paul wrote Romans, he was longing to visit the church there. Writing them a letter was really good but it wasn’t a substitute for seeing them all face to face. He wrote, “For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you—that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine” (Romans 1:11-12)

 

Friends, as believers in Jesus Christ, we are all members of the body of Christ and united together as a family unit in Him. Strong families spend time and invest in each other. And strong families build up strong individuals. So don’t neglect to meet with other believers regularly (Hebrews 10:25). The Bible is clear that God’s design for His people was to do life and faith in community. We need each other.

 

Pray

Lord, thank You for my church family. Help me to stay plugged into my faith community so that we can mutually encourage and strengthen each other's faith. Amen.

 

~ Pastor Nat Crawford

 

 

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5 days ago
I am in agreement with that. I don't have a church family meeting place yet, but pray for me to find one soon.
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5 days ago
I love Your Word which was spoken to Your church, that we are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God. For this I thank You Lord Jesus who has done this work for me when I don't deserve to be treated so lovingly. So let me thank You my Lord for Your church and for my family in the Lord. Amen.
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5 days ago ( updated 5 days ago )
Pastor Nat I am Thankful you gave this devotional today. I believe you you know why....We must all remember we are "One" body "One" family within and through Jesus Christ Our Savior.

As Jesus Church together no matter where we are we should share The Gospel of Jesus Christ. Not just in Church buildings or temples. As we live this Beautiful life through Jesus Christ who is alive within us. Togetherness is what it is about just as Jesus showed when He walked this earth and shows us in His Word. We should always reach out to our family and no believers to spread and tell all about our Jesus. Remember nothing happens without Jesus allowing it which them reminds us He is our Faith Hope our True Love.

Jesus says we are to visit children especially orphans and widows. Never forget that each time we can help even when we think we can't....that helping chance we passed by just may have been Jesus wondering why we passed it by. We are to Love God and People we are true brother's and sister's in Jesus Christ Family. We should strive each new day to live as Jesus did when He walked this earth...and as He remains living within us. There are times here on our family at BTB I nearly stopped showing up. It was because of Jesus I stay and because of the loving people/family members here. One truly I am Thankful for is Carolyn.

I rise because He lives and I am Thankful for our family growing worldwide here on BTB. When I see the same names it reminds me why I come and then to see new names Amen means we are spreading The Word. May God Bless all our family here and worldwide with His True Peace Blessing indeed, Thank Father for listening to our every Prayer, for being The God who stays in every way, Great is Your Faithfulness in Jesus name Amen
Remember there is No sinner Jesus can't save!




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4 days ago
Karen I'm sorry to hear of your brother's passing. I'm so Thankful for your words and Truth about Jesus the King of Heaven who wants all of us. I know your brother remains in your heart to the right of Jesus! Each time you go do those things he is with you watching over you and to see you pass on those things he so Lovingly taught you.

May God Bless You and Keep You Always and remind you one day you will again see your brother with a smile on his face in Jesus name Amen 🕊️🙏
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5 days ago
That video brought tears to my eyes. My brother died when I was 20 years old; he was only 31 years old when he died. He use to take me horseback riding, hunting, fishing, taught me how to shoot a bow and arrow, darts and many activities when we were little. I miss him so much. Jesus has filled that empty space of hurt in my heart over the years. So I understand when she sings, "Let me tell you about my Jesus !!!" He is the God of comfort and the Prince of peach forever !!!
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5 days ago
Jesus Thank You for forgiving our sins🙏🙏🙏
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Jesus we 💕💕💕 You ❣️❣️❣️
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