In our main text tonight, Luke describes the early church as being committed to living in the following 8 ways: 1) devoted to God’s Word, 2) good fellowship together, 3) “the breaking of bread” (which is more than likely a reference to the taking of communion), 4) prayer, 5) amazement at the movement of the Holy Spirit, 6) Generosity, 7) Joyful living, and 8) Worshipping God continually. Though I do want our students to know that this is what a healthy church looks like (having all of these characteristics continually), my primary goal tonight is to show them that Luke repeatedly stresses that EVERYONE in the early church shared these characteristics. It wasn’t just the church elders, deacons, or servant leaders who had these characteristics; ALL OF THEM DID. I want our students to know that if our church is ever going to be all that God wants it to be, it will require each and every one of us as individuals to live our lives sold out in full devotion and obedience to Christ.
In my experience with pastoring youth age students, most of them are aware that God calls them to have responsibilities in His kingdom, but many of them simultaneously do not believe that they can have an immediate impact in the world for God’s Kingdom where they are right now. I want to personally attack and eradicate that thought for them tonight. I don’t ever want our students to feel like they aren’t called to make disciples and advance the kingdom. All Christians have this responsibility, regardless of age or season of life, and I want them to feel that responsibility laid upon their shoulders from God’s Word.
I ask that you would pray for our students tonight as they receive this truth from God’s Word, but I would also ask that you continually teach your students and show them what it looks like to advance God’s Kingdom as a lifestyle. Not only do I want our students to have a knowledge of what that means and looks like, but I want them to start actively doing it now. We can’t every have the expectation that our students will make disciples when they go to college if they won’t do it here in Elberton. Let’s challenge our students to be discipled, make disciples, and live in full obedience to Christ as a lifestyle – to the glory of God, and for the advancement of His kingdom.