At Faith Promise, one of our values is We Grow Together. Acts 2:42 has the early believers going ALL iN (and growing together) with the apostle’s teaching, fellowship, the breaking of bread, and prayer. As more Promisors go ALL iN (reading our ALL iN devotional book, preparing a personal growth plan, getting a word of the year, reading God’s word), we are planting the seeds of growth within our four walls and in our community. In this next season of planting, let’s prepare for a harvest of growth, a harvest of souls, and a harvest of real people with real problems adding to our number as we show them the real love of God.
Stagnant means to be dull, unmoving, or sluggish. It comes from the Latin word meaning to form a pool of standing water. Have you ever tried to swim in a stagnant pool? Ever drink a Coke that has been sitting open and stagnant for a week? Has a part of your body “fallen asleep” after sitting unmoving for several hours?
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Primary Scriptures: Acts 2:42, Zephaniah 1:12, Luke 2:40, Luke 2:52, Luke 5:37-39
Fellowship means to have an intimate sharing of one’s self with another. The original followers did not just do this in a social way. The word fellowship could be applied to their conversations, their prayers, their property, and their families. They were united in their feelings, interests, opinions, and their hopes of a blessed immortality.
- Who is your fellowship with? Who do you share intimate things with? Who lifts you up? Finding people in your life to do this can be difficult, but rewarding.
- Luke 2:40 and 2:52 talks about Jesus’ growth, not just physically but in wisdom, stature, and in favor with God and all of the people. To be honest, are we surprised that Jesus grew in wisdom and stature as He grew into His ministry? But why don’t we expect, or even better, seek our own spiritual growth? We want to gain wisdom, but we expect it comes once a week from the stage. How are you gaining wisdom and seeking spiritual growth?
- Pastor says that opportunities, experiences, and miracles may be missed because we have wanted to stay in our old comfortable place. Are you more comfort-based than outcome-based? Do you want new or would you rather keep the old and comfortable? What are you stuck (and stagnant) with? Read Acts 2:42 and look at the 4 components (the apostle’s teaching, fellowship, the breaking of bread, and prayer). Are any of these components stagnant in your life? How could you make them new?
- Have you stretched yourself with learning something new? What is something new you can start this year? A hobby? A Bible study? Serving somewhere? What can you teach someone that may be new to them? Look for ways to stretch yourself and someone else.
Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read Luke 5:37-39 and use the Discovery Bible Method to explore the passage.
Engaging at Faith Promise: Consider doing the Freedom Small Group curriculum in your current group or signing up to lead a new Freedom Group. Contact your Groups/Missions Pastor at your campus for more information.
Engaging in Community: Going ALL iN is not just serving others inside our Faith Promise walls. We should serve, love, and share with those around us. Who comes to mind as you think of those in your life that may need to go ALL iN? Give them a devotional. Share your word of the year. Invite them to join you in your Bible reading plan.
Engaging the World: Faith Promise has missionaries we support all around the world that are doing their best to go ALL iN, not only in their own lives, but in their global communities. Pray for them, their communities, and find out more about the many unreached areas of the world that need to hear about Jesus. Pick a missionary AND find an unreached area and pray for both every single day this week.