Disruptive Discipleship | Devoted to Community

Hello, Chapel Hill. I am so, so excited to be gathered together today. My name is Angie. Are you pumped to be here? I am so excited to be here, talking about Jesus and talking about what it looks like to follow him. And we’re just going to jump right in today. We’re going to be continuing in a conversation that we kicked off a few weeks ago, and it’s right here. It’s called disruptive discipleship. And I got to encourage you, if you have missed even one of these weeks so far, go back on the app, go back on YouTube, listen to the teaching. Our lead pastor, pastor Dave Divine, he has done an amazing job at laying the groundwork over the last couple of weeks about a conversation that honestly, is so important If you are a follower of Jesus. And so these words, when you kind of slam them together like this, it’s a little bit jarring, isn’t it? I think if it were up to me, I might prefer a more delightful discipleship. Even the imagery here, sends a message loud and clear that there is a cost to following Jesus. He leads us, kindly, lovingly out of our old way of life, out of our old broken ways of thinking, and he leads us to new life. But he leads us to trust him more, right? And so often what that means is that I have to loosen my grip on all my cozy comforts that I grow accustomed to putting my trust in. And this is why honestly, the decision to follow Jesus is so much more than a moment. It’s a lifetime journey, right? Yeah.And this is not a shock to us, because we see it modeled in scripture. New Testament, followers of Jesus, they did not make a decision in a moment to respond to the call, to follow Jesus, and then just turn right around and return to their old way of life. No, they made radical changes and shifts that reflected their surrender of their hearts. And friends, were meant to do the same.Not because that’s just a cool idea, but Jesus told us to. Look at Matthew 28:18-20. “All authority,” Jesus said, “in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the father, and of the son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Did you know that this same command that put these disciples feet on the path to purpose and mission in Christ is the same commission that we’ve been given?Yeah.It’s so true. Every week, as we take a look at these around disruptive discipleship, I want you to think about it like we’re breaking out a new canvas or a painting each week of this conversation. We’re giving you different perspectives on the life and the practices of a disciple. We want to get down underneath the surface level facts and ask questions like, what is it that marks the life of a disciple? What values are there that really shape the habits of a disciple? So far, here’s where we’ve been. A couple of weeks ago, Pastor Dave talked about this. A disciple knows the gospel. If you missed it, go back. But this is a habit of a disciple of Christ. We know and understand the gospel story. Last week, if you missed it, you have to go listen. We talked about a disciple loves outside the lines.Yeah.When we’ve follow Jesus, we follow commandments to love people generously. And today we’re going to talk about how a disciple is devoted to Christ centered community. If you have your Bible, go ahead and open it up. You might know where we’re headed. We’re turning to Acts 1. And I’ve got to give you just a little bit of fly by context so that you understand what’s going on when we come to our texts to today. So, the beginning of the Book of Acts is maybe one of the more critical and just downright exciting moments in the whole story of the Bible. Right after Jesus said these words to the disciples that we just read, “Go make disciples.” He did the craziest thing that those boys had probably ever seen him do. He straight up ascended into the clouds. And just a couple of days later, the Bible says that it was the day of Pentecost. And all the believers, the disciples, they were gathered together in one place, and suddenly Luke records, the Spirit of God came upon them. There were sights and sounds that went along with this, but it sounded like a mighty rushing wind that came in and filled the whole house where they were sitting. And what they saw seemed to be a kind of fire that came to rest on each one of them, and all of them were filled with the Holy Spirit that day. And they began to speak in languages, glorifying and praising God. It was amazing. We’re not going to dive in too deep right here, because get ready, buckle up. Next week, Dr. Mark Barrel is going to be here talking about how a disciple is empowered by the Holy Spirit. Are you pumped? I’m so excited for that. He gets to speak to all of our churches next weekend. But what you need to know about today is that what Joel, the prophet prophesied in the Old Testament about the Spirit of God being poured out, Jesus promised it to his disciples as well. That has happened and the noise and the commotion that happened in this scene, it drew a crowd. People started coming out to where the disciples were and they were amazed, and bewildered, and astonished and maybe a little confused like, what is happening here? And somebody needed to stand up to say something and to declare what was happening. And Peter, the disciple of Jesus, he’s our guy.I doubt that Peter knew that morning when he woke up and put his tunic, or I don’t know what he wore on, but I doubt he knew what lay ahead of him. But this day, the day of Pentecost, he stood arm-in-arm next to his brothers and sisters in Christ. Even though he had denied Jesus through the arrest, and the trial, and the crucifixion of Christ, he stood confident next to his brothers and sisters in Christ today, that Jesus was back alive, and he was filled with the Holy Spirit and he was rip, roar, ready to go. Does anybody know what story that Peter stood up and told that day? He told the gospel story. The same gospel story that we’ve been talking about in our disruptive discipleship series. Let’s look at it here. And I encourage you. If you want to go read Peter’s gospel message, it’s like the first sermon that we have recorded in scripture. Check it out. Acts 2:22-36. But these are the same things that pastor Dave laid out a couple of weeks ago. Peter said, “The kingdom of God is here. Jesus is the Christ. He died for our sins.” He was even bolder than that. He looked at these guys in these girls and said, “You crucified him.” Look at their response. Let’s look at verse 37. “Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart.” Take note. This is what happens when the Spirit empowers the gospel to be shared. People’s eyes are open, their ears are open and they’re cut to the heart. They said to Peter and the rest of the apostles brothers, “What shall we do.” Next verse. And Peter said to them, “It’s right in the gospel story, repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” For instance, don’t listen or read these verses like they’re a distant far off story. This is for you and your children, for all who are far off. Everyone whom the Lord, our God calls to himself. Wow. What does verse 40 say? “And with many other words,” this is Luke’s way of saying dah, dah, dah. You know, Peter went on and on. “He bore witness and continued to exhort them.” And look at the result here. Verse 41. “So, those who received his word were baptized, and they were added that day about 3,000 souls.” Wow. I got to tell you, as a pastor that like works at a church, this freaks me out just a little bit, right? I mean, this is explosive growth that was overnight. I’d be thinking, how do I steward this? Well, like everybody needs to be known, and pastored, and discipled. If I were Peter, I’d have jumped right back on that mic while it was still hot, and I would’ve said, men and women of Jerusalem, raise your hand if you’re ready to lead a small group, right? I mean, this is explosive growth and it’s amazing. But this is the setting. I wanted to just paint the picture for you. This is the setting to which we come to our texts today. The Spirit was poured out. The gospel was declared. Thousands of people responded and here are the results. What had been a relatively small group of disciples, it exploded into a large group of disciples. And remember, they didn’t just make a decision in a moment and then return to their old way of life, right? Instead, listen closely, these new disciples formed a Christ centered community of believers that adopted a whole new set of habits, and routines, and values, and they created this common life together that’s radical. Today, we call it the church. It’s the body of Christ. But these next six verses here that we’re going to read, they give us this beautiful cameo, this portrait, this painting, if you will, of the life together inside of this new community.And what marks them and sets them apart is that they were completely devoted to some things. A good look at these things that they were devoted to, I think can really redefine what we think about when we think about Christ centered community. So, you want to go there? Let’s do that. Let’s look at the disciples devotions today. We’re going to read these six verses and they’re in Acts 2 starting in verse 42. “And they devoted themselves.” Here they are, “to the apostles teaching, and the fellowship, and the breaking of bread and the prayers, and all came upon every soul. And many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles, and all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings, and distributing the proceeds to all as any had need. And day-by-day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes. They received their food with glad and generous hearts praising God, and having favor with all the people and the Lord added to their number day-by-day, those who were being saved.”We’re just going to dive in to these four things that these disciples were really devoted to. So, let’s take a look at the first one. The first one that’s in the text there is that, these disciples were devoted to the apostles teaching. So, what does that mean? What does it mean to be devoted to the apostles teaching? Well, verse 46 says that they are meeting together. That they’re gathering day-by-day in different types of ways to hear this teaching.And so they would gather in a temple, which would have been like, that’d be a larger setting, lots of people, lots of disciples coming together and hearing the teaching. But then they’d also gather in smaller groups in homes. I think today we would add church online and maybe some Zoom rooms for prayer, right? But every day, these disciples were carving out time to be together. I think that we could say, if we would just want to get beneath the surface level facts there, that they’re there for teaching. What do they value? I think we could say that disciples are devoted to learningWe’ve been looking at this quote from Eugene Peterson. It’s such a great definition for us. Let’s look at it again together. “To be a disciple, says we are people who spend our lives apprenticed to our master Jesus Christ. We are in a growing learning relationship always. A disciple is a learner, but not in the academic setting of a classroom, rather at the work site of a craftsman. It’s hands on to be a disciple of Christ. We do not acquire information or just head knowledge about God, but skills in faith.Skills don’t live in your imagination. They get worked out with your hands on the streets of your real life with people in your life. So, a disciple is devoted to learning. So, why care this much about learning? What is it that we’re trying to learn? I wanted to try and illustrate for you and I’m just going to try to do it this way. When I was in fifth grade, I moved to a new school and I was like the new girl, and moving in. I don’t have any friends really or anything going yet. But my PE teacher, Mrs. Williams, she came up to me one day in PE and she said, “Angie, I’m going to be a coach for my daughter’s softball team this summer. Would you want to join the team with us and learn to play?” Listen, I knew nothing about the game or the sport.I had never stepped foot on a softball field before. I barely knew the rules to the game, but I jumped at the opportunity to say yes. And softball, as silly as it sounds introduced me to this whole new world. My dad bought me the gear. I got the cleats, and the glove, and the batters, glove or mitts, I can’t remember what you call them. But I got all of that. I learned how to be a catcher. So, I learned how to braid my hair, so it would stay down in my helmet. I learned how to throw the ball to second base for my knees, because, awesome. It’s just a whole new world, but my whole life, even my friend group changed. I met all the friends that honestly, I ended up kind of walking through high school with. But my schedule, my time, everything in my world, all of a sudden I was just in this entirely new world.I practice two or three times a week. I gave my weekends to tournaments playing a 90 degree summer heat. For seven years I was a devoted player, a learner and softball was like a world altering thing for me. Tim Mackie from the Bible Project says that the gospel is kind of like that. This is what he says. “The gospel is a world creating announcement. So, the apostles teaching guides the disciples in exploring what it really means to live as a follower of Jesus.” This is what he’s talking about. We’re all living our lives with a particular set of lenses on. We have a perspective or an angle that we come at the world with, right? We think of God a certain way, good or bad. We think of relationships a certain way, good or bad. We think about like, why am I even here? What’s my purpose in life? We think about these things in a particular way. But the gospel announces to us that the world is actually very different than we thought it was. It reveals to us that, Oh my gosh, there’s whole ways here that I have been seeing myself, or my relationships, or even God in wrong ways, twisted ways, skewed ways. So, the gospel announces this different story and it shows us that God is really at work in this good world that he made. That he’s a rescuer and a redeemer. He’s not distant, or aloof, or disconnected. Actually, his heart beats for redemption and restoration. And that’s why he sent Jesus. Do you see the gospel is a completely different world creation story than the one that we used to live. And when we show up as learners, it has the ability to shape us.Yeah.When we show up as learners, it has the ability to shape the way that you think about money, and your career, and where you work, and how you work, and even the time that you invest in different things in your life. The gospel story has the ability to reshape the way that you think about your money. The way you think about sex and relationships. The way that you handle conflict in your life, or even, do I tell the truth or do I tell a lie? What does forgiveness look like? Do you see the gospel introduces us to a complete and total shift of the perspective and the way that we see the world in our human experience. Everything we know needs remaking in the new gospel story. Yes.Maybe this is why Paul spends a lot of time talking to us about the importance of renewing the mind. Look at Romans 2, I know you know it. “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed.” By what? The gospel. Let the gospel not be this isolated thing in your life, but let it trickle down and effect deep into the motives of your heart wide into every relationship that you touch in your path and in your life. The gospel isn’t meant to be isolated, and this doesn’t happen overnight. It takes a lifetime in gospel centered community to retrain your mind about who God really is, and what my own identity really is and what your value is. And the fact that Jesus, the son of God, actually loves you and he’s got a plan for your life. It takes a lifetime for you to understand that you matter and let the gospel affect your life. The story that is happening in your life is even affected by the truth of the gospel.Disciples are devoted to learning because they understand it takes a lifetime to let the truth of the gospel trickle in to every nook and cranny in your life. Our minds need renewing. We learn the implications of the gospel by gathering often and gathering together. It integrates. If you’re a disciple of Jesus, turn to somebody on the couch, say, I’m a learner. Say it in the chat, I’m a learner. You need to take on this identity as a disciple, a follower of Jesus. This is what we do. I’m a learner. So, as the gospel remakes our mind, it also trickles in like I was talking about, and it has a way of remaking how you think about your life and about your stuff. So, let’s go to the second thing that disciples are devoted to. Disciples are devoted to fellowship. This is a funny little church word, isn’t it? You really only hear this word inside of the walls of church. I promise you, no guy has ever left a frat party on any college campus and said, dude, that was some really a fellowship tonight. It just doesn’t happen. If you grew up in church, you know how churchy of a word this is. I have memories floating around in my head of like Wednesday night potluck dinners. Food, fun and fellowship, right? So, this is kind of a churchy word, and hanging out and having a good time is part of it. But I think what we’re going to discover here is that a biblical definition for fellowship is so much richer than that.So, the Greek word for fellowship is right here. It’s called koinonia. Have you heard this before? It means to commit to share, which sounds like something I would need to teach my preschool aged niece, right? You need to share Aspen. You need to learn this. But when you really look at it, it is to share your life and your time, and that would be like hanging out, right? But it’s so much deeper than that. It’s also a commitment to share your stuff. I’m going to rattle off a list here so that you don’t think that stuff means just one thing. It’s a commitment to share you energy, your resources, your skills, your encouragement, your story, your struggles.Now, do you see we’re way outside of preschool land? Because when we start talking about this stuff, grown adults just start going, mine, right? We don’t like to share here. But I love this definition right here. “Christian fellowship is participation, sharing and communion around the embrace of the gospel by the people of God.” Let’s try to get down underneath the facts here. Okay. What values are really shaping a disciple’s devotion to fellowship? Let’s talk about two very quickly. We one another one another. What do I mean by that? Fellowship means that as a community of believers, we commit to fulfilling the one another commands of the New Testament. I brought a few with me. Let’s look at them. Love one another. That’s John 15. Forgive one another, that’s Ephesians. Confess your sins to one another, that’s James 5. Pray for one another. Be devoted to one another.Do you see friends? You can’t commit to follow these scriptures in the text without devoting first to Christian fellowship. You need other people. These one another commands and scripture are meant to find their completion within the local church. This outwork of the gospel truth within the lives of believers is a clear demonstration to the world of the church’s love for God, and for one another. Second one, we are always practicing. Listen, let’s just talk about the big, huge elephants in the room about Christian fellowship real quick and why we don’t like to do it. Here’s the big excuses. I don’t have time. I’m no good at friendship. I’m introverted or my personality just isn’t really wired to be like a connector and out with people. Or how about this one, I’ve been burned in the past. I’ve been hurt by this kind of community thing. And these are real. I’m not going to downplay them by any stretch of the imagination. If I’m being honest with you, I have used these for so many years in my life, thinking that I could go it alone in my walk with Christ. You can for a little while, but at some point, the discomfort of your isolation is going to outweigh the fear that you have to just go ahead and try again. So, I’m not going to push too hard here, but I just want to encourage you with this as a disciple of Christ. And this is how we’re coming to this whole series and conversation. As a disciple of Christ, I’m devoted to learning. I don’t want my walk with God to grow stagnant or cold. We want to be in a growing relationship with Jesus. How do we measure that?So, I think that the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5 is just a really wonderful gauge for all of us to evaluate where growth is really possible in your life. So, take a look at it. I brought a fruit check here with us today. But ask a friend or ask your spouse if you so dare. Ask them, is there any puny fruit in my life? So, we’ve got love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Where is there an opportunity for me to grow in Christ? And you might be gone, Oh, Angie, I feel like you tricked me. I’m only good at like three of those. Now you know my tricks, right? Because we all need to grow if we want to look more like Jesus, amen. That’s the truth. And so here’s the deal. I’m serious. I know we’re joking around a little bit here, but I’m serious. I really want to ask a question. When in your week, and I do want you to think outside of Sunday morning, okay? When in your week, what time and with whom do you practice Christ centered community and Christian fellowship so that real fruit can come forth in your life. Let me give you a couple of things to think about. Your family doesn’t really count here because you can ignore them and go in the other room if you want to. I don’t think you can really count the people at work either, because when the rubber really hits the road, they get paid to hang out with you, right? So, who is this? Who do you intentionally share your life with that is living as a discipled themselves because it’s this life on life sharpening that happens that really brings forth fruit.Let’s look at the next one. Disciples are devoted to breaking bread together. This is not too complex of an idea here, is it? Most of us draw a connection between breaking bread and communion, but to break bread in a corporate worship setting is to remember what Christ did on the cross through communion. It’s to remember his broken body and his blood shed for the sin of all mankind. Communion reminds us both of what Jesus did on the cross, and also the unity and the oneness that we have as the body of Christ. When the world calls for unity, it’s usually rallied around like a shared interest or a common idea. But Christian community actually unites around a person. And it’s Jesus.When we stand at the foot of the cross, we stand on level ground together. We’re all in need of his sacrifice and his grace. When we remember this way and break bread together, we are reminded that what unites us is so much more than what the world throws at us to divide us. We’re not our own. We were bought with a price. And Jesus instructed us to do this, to take communion together in remembrance of him. This is why disciples are devoted to breaking bread together because they recognize how easy it is for their heart to wander. Remembering together through the bread and through the cup is the way that we worship, it’s the way that we allow the story of the gospel to be made new in our hearts.Let’s look at the last one here. Disciples are devoted to prayer. Prayer is not really that abstract of an idea for us. I think people inside and outside the church know and understand this concept, but prayer in its simplest form is just talking with God, right? I’m also very aware that we’re talking today within the cyber walls of Chapel Hill Church. This body of believers is so marked by a devotion of prayer And I just want to celebrate that. Today, we’re wrapping up this season of 21 days of prayer that we’ve been in together, but I know you and I know you won’t stop. And I know our lead pastor, Pastor Dave and Ms. Cindy, I know they’ll never stop encouraging us and casting the vision for prayer in our church. I love it. And if you love it, throw some hearts up in the chat or something because it’s awesome. But I also just want to encourage anybody today who struggles in prayer because I have been there and we all have. Here’s what I’ve learned. Disciples who are devoted to prayer, they don’t pray out of a duty to check a box. They pray because they understand how desperate they are for God to move and for God to work. Some of us say amen to that and then others of us just go, Oh, I don’t like anything that’s associated with desperation, right? Who wants to be desperate? Who wants to be helpless? Can I be honest with you. I feel allergic to helplessness at times. I don’t like it one bit. I like a plan with swift action and I like to win while I’m at it. This is who I am naturally without Jesus. But Jesus said in Matthew 11, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened and I’ll give you rest.” But my natural tendency without Jesus is to try and get rid of all the helplessness I can before I come to him. Do you see the pole against there? This thing in my prayer life kept me for a lot of years from having a really great prayer life with the Lord. But here’s the truth from God’s word, that disciples who are devoted to prayer learn to lean into. It’s John 15:5. “Apart from me, you can do nothing.” This posture of helplessness is so important if we want to be devoted to a life of prayer. I want to share just a very quick story. The other day I was at my house with my kids and Sam was there. The girls came running in there playing outside, and they had discovered that there was this tiny little baby bird that had hobbled into our garage and he had, I got to give it to him, he’s pretty smart. He thought, why digging the dirt when there’s a glue trap right here behind this fridge with a smorgasbord of gorgeous Georgia, weird bugs on it.So, he hopped over here and he got his feet stuck on the glue trap that was behind our refrigerator. My girls were freaking out. Emilia, our oldest daughter in particular was just going, “Oh my gosh, we have to do something.” And I got to tell you, I don’t think I’m a bird person. I don’t think that’s who I am in my life. Sam and I are going, what are we going to do? How are we going to get this off? The only place that all of us know to go, I just went to YouTube really quick, and I looked up a video and I saw there’s a little, quick thing you can do. Just go grab your olive oil spray and put some gloves on, and spray those little tiny baby bird feet, and the oil, I guess, would loosen that up or whatever. I just tell you, I was afraid to do this. I did not want to do it. I would go so far as to say, I was desperate not to do it. I went to my neighbor across the street. At first I went to Sam and he was like, “I’m not doing anything.” I went to Bob across the street and said, “Bob, can you help?” He said, no. And I thought, Oh no. What are we going to do? And Amelia’s so worried. I looked at her and I said, “Are you willing to get your hands dirty in this?” If you’re really committed and you want to go all in, I’ll do it with you. And we agreed to go and I wouldn’t got the olive oil spray and we found some gloves, and we’re about to go. Before we went, I just said, Amelia, let’s pray. I know that seems corny, but it’s not to me. Because the gospel has just trickled down even into this area of life. I was thinking about in Genesis when we hear what our purposes and we’re here to carry God’s image in the earth. And I’m to have dominion over this little tiny baby bird that is a helpless situation.I’m like, Oh my gosh, God, you see this bird. You’re the one that made it. Can you help? Help me. I want this bird to live so that my daughter doesn’t get her dream of saving it crushed. What’s crazy is that I’ve been praying that God would reveal himself to my daughter. I’ve been saying, God, I don’t really want her to just ride all my coat tails of faith. I want her to know you. I want her to see you at work in her life.Even though I was mainly praying a prayer out of fear, just like, I don’t want this bird to peck my hand off. I don’t know what all that would look like. I was afraid and I was desperate. But in hindsight, I see more happening here. We very frantically sprayed this bird and I won’t go into details. But in a moment, the thing got loose and shot off and there was just this joyous scream at our house. Everyone was celebrating. I think it’s awesome that that bird was saved. But I think what’s more awesome is that I just got to have this encounter, not that was separate and isolated with God like on a Sunday morning or off in a corner, but it was just in my real life. I had been praying and asking God to move in my daughter’s life. I have been praying and asking God to make me desperate. Here in this real life scenario, I just saw him show up. And that’s the kind of prayer. God wants to hear from you about everything. But it’s this posture of desperation that’s just like, God help, help. So, this is it. This is what we came to talk about today. The disciples are devoted to these four things here, learning, fellowship, breaking of bread and prayer. We’ve unpacked those and there’s a lot there. You can see it’s deeper than you think it is. Really when you sum it up, it’s really, the disciples are devoted to Christ centered community. Do you see that? This is that. I just want to do a side-by-side here and just show you something, because Christ centered community is what this is. So, let’s go to that slide. This is Christ centered community. This is just like regular community. And there’s nothing wrong with regular community, but it’s different and here’s why. Instead of learning to let the gospel story seep into every area of my life, there’s ripple effect of the gospel. It changes my perspective. Really just normal community is just, I went to church. Check. Instead of fellowship, life on life, discipleship together, walking together, this kind of community is just fun, hangs and good vibes. We’ll love that, it’s great. But breaking a bread and prayer, these shape the devotion to the worship that we have together. And it’s so easy to just paraphrase those down into just, I just want to be the kind of person that does God’s stuff, and I want to do the right thing. But do you see, you could do this anywhere. I can do this at my gym, or you can do this in a book club.This is different. It’s focused on Christ and with great intentionality and purpose. And this is why we say all the time. We say this all the time. We exist at Chapel Hill to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. I don’t know the way you hear that. Your perspective on this statement that we say so often, who do you think this we is? Because some of you might think, Oh, it’s the pastors. That’s Pastor Dave, that’s Sam and Angie, and Pastor Brett, Pastor Jamal. That’s who this we is. But honestly, when we, all of us are doing this, that we is me, it’s you. Oh my gosh, that’s my job. I’m doing your voice. That’s not me saying that, it’s you. This, we exist to lead people and we do it here. Do you see? It’s radical. It’s a totally different kind of community.I’m not going to slam any really heavy handed next steps here. I’m just going to tell you, I know the Holy Spirit’s stirring in your heart. I know he is. He’s knocking. He’s inviting you to take a step and I pray that you do. Let’s pray together. Lord, we love you so much, and we’re honored to get to come to your word today. We’re so honored, Lord, to see these devotions that the first disciples had. Father, I pray that they would ripple into our lives. I pray Lord that we would take hold of these things and begin to shape our life and our Christ centered community around them. Right now, as you’re hearing this message, maybe you’re here today and you’re listening to all this and you’re like, man, I’ve never done that. I’ve never just really stepped in those waters and become a disciple of Jesus.That gospel message that Peter preached is the same gospel message that’s available for you today. Jesus came, he died for our sins, but he didn’t stay dead. Christ was resurrected from the grave, and as he came back to life, he offered you new life. That means that this gospel story can penetrate into every dead thing that’s going in your relationships, in your marriage, and your money, in your family, in your life, in your work. Everything can be made new, but it takes a first step of going, I want to follow Jesus. So, let’s pray a prayer together. And if you’re serious, let’s pray the prayer together. Heavenly father, thank you for Jesus. Thank you that he died for my sin. I ask you Jesus to come into my life, make this story of the gospel come alive to me. I want to follow you and I ask you to begin to change me from the inside out. Thank you for forgiving me. In Jesus name. Amen.