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For the Future Devotional - Acts 2:42-47

When I was a kid, like many of us, I had chores to do. I remember looking at the chore chart week in and week out and thinking, “Why does Dad not have to do dishes?” and I asked my Dad one time and he responded, “When you start paying for the house you won’t have to do dishes either, but, until then if you’re a part of this family you have to help out”.

All parents will understand, on the surface, my Dad just wanted me to do the dishes. However, that wasn’t his only goal. He also wanted me to grow and mature to become a member of the family that could contribute to our success.

In the same way, our For the Future campaign has a goal amount of money raised to fund projects that will have a lasting impact. That is our physical goal, but in a deeper sense, we want to invite everyone in our church commit to being contributors to our mission to make our church a place for transformational change in the lives of people.

As you read Acts 2:42-47, I ask you to pray and envision what our church could look like if everyone committed to contributing to be a part of what we’re doing and where we are going as a church.

Acts 2:42-47

42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 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, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

Why do you think these early believers wanted to contribute and be a part of the

first church?

Why do you contribute at our church?

How is you contribution tied to the transformation we see the Holy Spirit doing

in our church?

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