Every story has a beginning, and the book of Acts describes the beginning of church history. On the one hand, it’s a not-to-be-repeated story—this book recounts a unique period in God’s plan of salvation. On the other hand, it’s a book of encouragement and equipping. Through this history we are challenged to see that God’s Spirit is still at work. Acts describes the outward expansion of the gospel from Jerusalem, to Judea and Samaria, and then to the far reaches of the Roman Empire. If we are to be people shaped by God’s Spirit, we will also be people who serve in this ongoing mission. It’s a mission that involves people like us, near us, and far from us.
- To see that God’s Spirit moves us into mission.
- To take next steps in engaging those like us, near us, and far from us.
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Devotional & Discussion Questions
Building Spiritual Momentum
What is spiritual momentum?
- It is spiritual maturity and growth (mass), coupled with reaching people where God places and sends us (velocity).
- Spiritual momentum cannot succeed with only mass or velocity. It needs both.
- Spiritual momentum allows for us to not just rush into things unprepared, but to spiritually bulk-up and advance the Gospel.
How do we spiritually bulk-up (Acts 2:42-47)?
- By devoting ourselves to God’s Word (v. 42a).
- By engaging in fellowship with other believers (v. 42b).
- Through communion and prayer (v. 42b).
- By sharing life together and being for each other (v. 44-45).
- By meeting together corporately (v. 46).
- By celebrating and praising God (v. 46-47a).
What is the result?
- Grow in your faith and relationship with Jesus.
- Act: Get involved in community (v. 44).
- Take a step of faith and serve.
- Sign up for Church Beyond the Walls.
- Commit to serving tangibly this year (v. 45).
- Live out and share your faith (v. 47b).
- Who is God placing in your life right now for you to show them Jesus?
- Heart transformation allows for outward replication.