Daily Devotional for Sunday October 08, 2017

Scripture:

Acts 2:42 (NASB) They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

Observation:

What is our definition of church? Is it going to a service, praying for a while, and then leaving? Is it going to a building and celebrating rituals that have been passed down to us? Is it walking in the woods and talking with God? Whenever I get a question as to what something is or should be, I go to God’s Word and seek HIS answer. God’s Word says that a church is a body of believers taking care of each other, teaching and fellowship, and sharing Christ with those who have not heard the Savior. A lot of us have different definitions of church. Some of us go to different buildings and different denominations, but when we accept Christ, we become part of His Body. One in Spirit and one in mind to do the will of God. I have to say, I don’t see it. Churches are hurting for people to help. People themselves are hurting. People choose other things over going to meet with other believers for prayer and fellowship. I wonder if it’s time we re-think this thing called church, and what it means to each of us. We need to discover whether we go, where we go, and why we go. I urge you to seek the Lord for answers. Don’t go to church because you HAVE to… go because you WANT to. 

Application:

Personal Application: Continue spending time with the Lord daily. Sow righteousness and reap the fruit of God's unfailing love.

Family Devotional: Read this chapter to your family. Ask them if anything spoke to them as you read. Talk about their answers and show them that one important aspect of this chapter is that we must continue to spend time with the Lord and keep our hearts focused on His plans and purposes. Pray for them.
 

TOM SEMBER has been involved in ministering to men for over 20 years. He is an ordained minister with the AG in the NY Ministry Network. Tom lives with his wife, Carolyn, and children in New York. You can connect with Tom on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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