In our world it becomes easy to preach behavioral change. “Do this! Don’t do this! Go here! Don’t go here!” However, Paul lays out so clearly in Colossians 1:28-29 that it is Christ who is to be proclaimed. Why? Because He is the only One who satisfies the deep desires of the heart. Christ discusses this in Matthew 22:37-38 when He stated, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment.” What does Christ mean by this word “love?” He is discussing the concept of treasuring, delighting in, savoring, being satisfied in, finding one’s identity in…the Lord. The question is not, “Do you live a moral life?” The ultimate question is, “Do you treasure Christ? Is He the number one affection of your soul?” When we are deeply rooted in a love relationship with Christ, it will bring forth fruit of obedience. This can be seen in John 14:15 where Christ states, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” This is teaching that authentic life change and obedience comes from deep roots of being satisfied in Christ. Our hope is to foster an environment for our people where this truth is available to them and moves to the glorification of Christ.
So, how do we do this at Faith?
We believe that Acts 2:42 gives a pretty amazing picture at how the people of God interacted with one another in the early church. It states, “And they devoted themselves to the apostle’s teaching and the fellowship, breaking of bread and the prayers.” From this devotion to these things, came some amazing effects. Things like unity (vs. 44), care for one another's needs (vs. 45), Worship of God , ministry with those outside the body and growth of the body (vs. 47). The early church didn’t seem to force this to happen. It occurred naturally after the Holy Spirit made them new creatures in Christ (Acts 2:1-41). If we want to see this take place, it is right to devote ourselves to those things in verse 42 as well. Therefore, at Faith Baptist Church we seek to devote ourselves to…