TITLE: Church Goin’
DATE: February 9, 2019
TEXT: Acts 2:42 (ESV) - 42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.
The oldest lady I have ever buried was 104-years-old. She could remember covered wagons stopping at her parent’s farm in Nebraska to water their oxen… and she remembered men landing on the moon. Now that was a lady who had seen some changes in her life.
I guess all of us have seen changes. I can remember when getting your driver’s license was an important part of growing up. Now, I suspect, getting your first cell-phone is just as significant.
I can remember when our school got its first computer… an Apple which had 64K of memory. As Principal Keith Lund and I played Oregon Trail with its stick figures moving across the screen, he observed, “Who could ask for anything more?”
I can even remember when public school kids in America prayed and Russian kids were unbelievers. Now the Christian religion is offered in all Russian schools and in the U.S. of A. it is banned.
Still, of all the changes I’ve seen, one of the biggest is the number of Christians who “believe for themselves” and maintain it is unnecessary to join a church or a Christian congregation. There are a number of arguments they use to support their position:
AND FINALLY: We worship together because the Lord has asked us to: “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” (Heb 10: 24-25 – ESV)
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, by the Holy Spirit’s power I have become a member of the family of faith. Now may I live as a responsible member of that family, doing all I can to thank my Savior and help my brothers and sisters. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Today’s devotion was inspired by various articles, amongst which is the one written by by: G. Shane Morris on January 7, 2019 for Breakpoint. Those who wish may check out this link which was, at the time of writing, fully active: http://www.breakpoint.org/2019/01/church-membership-isnt-optional/
The music which introduces and concludes our devotions was written by Guy Baumann, one of my long-ago confirmands. He is singing with three brothers. This song comes from the album: The Baumann Brothers which may be ordered here: http://thebaumannbrothers.com/index.html