Continuing our 4 week teaching series on Together: Understanding What Church is Really About, this past Sunday we dived further into Acts 2:42 which says:

“With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day. They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. “

 

We specifically focused in on being devoted to teaching the Word of God. The Scriptures are authoritative above all creed, denominational teaching or personal revelation. While there are many different interpretations, we hold to what most consider to be essential, orthodox, Christian doctrine. On the non-essentials, we express disagreement in love and respect. It’s important that we devote ourselves and pay close attention to the simplicity of what Scripture teaches, not adding our own personal opinions or unnecessary rules to it. Here are the notes from this past weekend if you missed:

 

1 Timothy 4:11-16
That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe. Command and teach these things. Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching. Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you. Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress.

Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.”

Big Idea: We must give attention to the preaching of the Word of God. If we don’t understand what the Bible teaches, then we cannot properly apply it. Teaching shapes behavior.

“True biblical doctrine is practical. In fact, nothing is more practical than sound doctrine. Those who listen to right doctrine and put it into practice are transformed by it.” – Theologian Quote

Who’s Doctrine? – The Apostles

Apostle with capital “A”
12 Chosen church leaders by Jesus himself

apostle with small “a”
apostles of the church, the Holy Spirit chooses
Kingdom ambassadors sent to cultivate Kingdom culture
military term

Teaching – What did they teach?

1. Cross (offense)

1 Cor. “…but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles.”

The fact that God would forgive us, but punishing somebody else is non-sensical.

Understanding the big problem God has with sin

If you’re prideful and boastful, the cross will make no sense to you. But if you understand the enormity of your sin, you’ll appreciate the cross and what Jesus did for us.

  1. Resurrection (evidence of truth)

    1 Cor. 15:13 “But if there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Christ has been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain.…”

Resurrection of Christ from the dead proved He was who he said he was and raised Him up to be Lord over all.

The resurrection is more than just a story, but a historical event.

All the apostles died and were martyred for this message. If it was for a lie would you give your life for it?

  1. Refute false teaching (protecting the church)
    False teaching is more than just error, its willful. We aren’t talking about matters of interpretation here, we are talking about teaching that is outside of the bounds of orthodox Christian doctrine.

False teachers willfully lead others astray.

Part of the role or responsibility of an elder or overseer is to refute false doctrine. This includes:

Religious myths
Unhealthy emphasis on any particular teaching (genealogies, angels, end times etc.)
Legalism
Minimizing central Christian teaching

“As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, stay there in Ephesus so that you may command certain people not to teach false doctrines any longer or to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies. Such things promote controversial speculations rather than advancing God’s work—which is by faith.” – 1 Timothy 1:3-4

  1. Revealing kingdom mysteries
    Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you, that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly. In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, which was not made known to people in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God’s holy apostles and prophets.” – Ephesians 3

Conclusion:

Are you devoted to the Word of God?
Are you devoted to being a student? To leaders that will teach you the Word of God?
Where have you neglected this area of your life?

Devoted: Continue in, stay steadfast committed and to give attention to

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