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01/22/2015

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Sustaining Today


"They devoted themselves to the apostle's teachings and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer...All the believers were together and had everything in common..... Everyday they continued to meet in the temple courts..." (Acts 2:42; 44; 46).

To those who believed, repented and were baptized in response to the apostle Peter's message on that Pentecost Day, a crucial element in the Holy Spirit's work was the word spoken by the apostles and teachers. The apostle Paul later wrote this: "Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God" (Eph.6:17). We have that Word available to us today... Through the spoken word, Christians grew to understand what they were to believe and how they were to behave. The sustaining work of Christ also entailed the worship and fellowship of the believers, as we see in today's verses. The worship of the early church included observing the Lord's Supper and prayers... The Lord works through the "breaking of bread" just as He does through baptism. In baptism, He takes away sins, and in the Lord's Supper He builds up and empowers the saved. "Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ?" (1 Cor.10:16). So by means of prayer, the Word, the Lord's Supper, the indwelling Spirit, and through the fellowship of a community (church) who share spiritual and material needs, Christ sustains and builds up His people. That's us. Lets use all the tools given to sustain us to be the best Christians we can be...

Have a wonderful day... Let His light shine through you... Love mark Phil.4:11

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