Tuesday, January 6, 2009
And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. (Acts 2:42)
Throughout the Gospels we read time and time again that the ministry of our Lord Jesus on earth consisted of three activities:
1) Preaching - “Jesus said, ’I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God . . . I was sent for this purpose.’” (Luke 4:43)
2) Teaching - "Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues.” (Matthew 9:35)
3) Prayer - "He went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God." (Luke 6:12)
Once Jesus ascended into heaven, we read that by the empowering of the Holy Spirit, the first church continued in those same activities:
1) Preaching - "Every day . . . they did not cease . . . preaching Jesus as the Christ." (Acts 5:42)
2) Teaching - "They were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection from the dead." (Acts 4:2)
3) Prayer - "All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer." (Acts 1:14)
As the body of Christ, the presence of our Lord on earth, Arrowsmith is also called to follow Jesus and the early church in these activities. While our Sunday morning worship service allows us to grow in grace through preaching, we lack a regular corporate time to gather together for teaching and for prayer.
As a result we at Arrowsmith Baptist Church are resolved to meeting together on the second and fourth Sunday evenings of every month from 6:30 PM to 8 PM for a time of teaching and prayer - both for the glory of God, and so "that we may present everyone mature in Christ." (Colossians 1:28). Child care will be provided.
". . . and all who believed were together and had all things in common. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved." (Acts 2:47)