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Lean on Me Day 4

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Scripture: Acts 2:46-47 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

Devotional: Core value # 7 at Sunnybrook Community Church is that life change happens best in small groups.  And today’s passage demonstrates how the early church experienced that. 

They met together in the temple.  They met and ate together in their homes.  They praised God together.  And something amazing happened as a result:  people’s lives were transformed by the love of Jesus.  DAILY people were being saved by grace through the blood of Christ. 

That’s precisely what we strive to model at Sunnybrook.  We believe that’s why God has blessed us over the years and why we continue to grow and see life change consistently happening.  It’s a beautiful thing to be a part of; God at work in and through community.

If you are not currently meeting with a small group, it’s time. Time for you to be part of God’s redeeming work in this world.  He is redeeming you, and He is redeeming others through you. 

You can check out our groups here:

https://www.sunnybrookchurch.org/next-steps/connect--groups/

Or contact Laurie at for help in getting connected. 

Reflect:

  • If you’re not currently meeting with a small group, pray for God to lead you to the group where you can best grow and fulfill His mission. If you are, give thanks for your group, and renew your commitment to be devoted to His mission.

Lean on Me Day 3

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Scripture: Acts 2:42-45 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles.  All the believers were together and had everything in common.  They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.

Devotional: After Jesus died, was buried, and then rose from the dead, He walked this earth for a period of time. He then left His followers a mission:  Go, make disciples, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything I’ve commanded.  And I will be with you always.” (Matthew 28:19-20)

After He was taken into Heaven, His followers began to carry out this mission.  In today’s passage, we see what happened as a result:  they devoted themselves to the teaching about Jesus from those who were eyewitnesses to His, life, death and resurrection. And to His mission. They had fellowship together, broke bread together, and were committed to prayer.  In other words, they did everything they saw Jesus do.

And the result:  authentic biblical community that literally changed the world.  The church, the ekklesia-  that thing that Jesus established to advance His Kingdom- was born.  A movement that, 2000 years later, continues to transform lives despite the unending attempts to kill and destroy it. 

As a Jesus follower, you are counted among the lives that have and are being transformed.  And you are called to that same movement and mission.  You can only carry out that mission in the context of authentic biblical community. 

Reflect:

  • What has been your experience carrying out Jesus’ mission in community with others? If this has been something that you struggle with or aren’t quite sure about, consider joining a conversation about this at Starting Point, an eight week conversational environment where you can explore faith and experience community.  You can find out more and register here: https://www.sunnybrookchurch.org/event/1864019-2020-09-13-starting-point-sept-2020/

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