Acts 2 verses 42-47 teaches us that we need people in our lives as we do life together as believers. Independence and dependence are wrong as we aren't islands or lone rangers. We need to be interdependent as we live out our lives as Christians. John de Beer gives a clear message of how we should do it.
John shares how important and amazing the principle of accountability is in a safe environment with fellow believers. We need to be asking the right questions showing that we are inspired to grow in Christ and helping to see and help others see their blind spots.
Peer pressure is always as a negative. John de Beer gives another spin on this "principle" as he calls it. As children of God we should be the peer pressure using it to influence people for the kingdom of God.
“Church-hurt caused a deep identity crisis for James, and just starting university never aided his disillusionment. God’s grace and love toward James stopped him in his tracks before James made what could have been the biggest mistake of his life.”
After reading about orphans in the bible, 8 year old Raphael felt God speak to him about reaching out to orphans. This led to him doing all he can to campaign for an orphanage in the local township of Barcelona, and get as many people on board to help these orphans whenever they can. His motivation and determination has made him an 8-year-old role model raising a considerable amount of funds for the orphanage.
In Acts 2:42 we see that the local church was a devoted community. They were devoted to Jesus but also, very importantly, to each other. We need to be a community that not only loves but is devoted to each other in all aspects of life in everything we do.
Doing life together as we see from Acts 2:42-47 is vital for the growth of the local church but it takes time with intentional. Sometimes we need to step outside our comfort zones of church on a Sunday and home group mid week and spend time in the lives of others. John shares more about this principle.
The idea of fellowship to many is tea and cake after church in the hall. But it's much more than church, bible study and prayer meeting. It's taking time to do life together. We need to be in fellowship with Jesus and intimately involved in each others lives. Without this devotion to each other we will not build community or the kingdom of God.
In this episode Ross looks at devotion and how it is lacking in our church community. We are passionately devoted to many things but when it comes to our faith we are lacking. He looks at how we can become more devoted in our faith towards God and His people.
What does real love look like. The world portrays it sentimental and sloppy without much substance but in God's kingdom it is something very different. Ryan Kingsley takes a look at real love from a kingdom perspective.
Devotion to God's Word, the apostles teaching, is central to doing life together as a community. Without the foundation of God's written Word our community building efforts will amount to very little. We need to be completely devoted God's message to us.
Julian Goldswain shares his testimony of how God healed him from mental illness. He was diagnosed with schizophrenia and doctors said he would never be normal, have a job or a family. But God had other ideas and delivered him completely. He has been off all medication for over 10 years. His beautiful family, running his own business and being a leader in his church displays God's amazing grace and mercy.