Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our debts
as we forgive our debtors
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from the evil one.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and for ever.
Ted Kim brings today’s message
Together, Part 1: A Feverish Wanting
“We learn who we are by learning how to conform ourselves to the
purposes of the larger community to which we belong.”
-C. Trueman, “The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self”
Acts 2:42-47, NIV
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellow–
ship, 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. Ev–
ery 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.
“It is not a new thing that people would offer up their possessions to
a noble or religious cause, nor withhold their possessions from such
causes. A different order of sacrifice is being performed here, one
that reaches back to the very beginnings of Israel. Their God does not
need possessions and has never been impressed by their donation.
The divine One wants people and draws us into that wanting. This is
intensified giving, feverish giving that feels not only the urgent need
but the divine wanting. A new kind of giving is exposed at this mo–
ment, one that binds bodies together as the first reciprocal donation
where the followers will give themselves to one another. The posses–
sions will follow. What was at stake here was not the giving up of all
possessions but the giving up of each one, one by one as the Spirit
gave direction, and as the ministry of Jesus made demand.”
-Willie James Jennings, “Acts: Belief Commentary”
Acts 2:9-11, NIV
“…Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea
and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and
the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome (both Jews and
converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring
the wonders of God in our own tongues!”
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