What are you all about?

In my last post I shared about four words that I recently used to encourage the youth group I serve with. They were people, prayer, preaching and purity.

I thought I would follow that up with a summary of a message I gave last summer during our annual “Youth Sunday.”

I preached primarily from Acts 2:42-47. As I’ve become acquainted with that passage four things stood out to me. Just as that passage was the heartbeat of the church’s beginning it is also the heartbeat for what I am committed to.

My personal passion for ministry could be summed up with four broad statements taken from this passage, Acts 2:42-47. The four statements may overlap some but each one has a distinct idea that I believe is addressed in the passage.

42And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.

First, we must have a passion that God’s Word be taught accurately.

Second, we must have a passion for authentic loving relationships.

Third, we must have a passion to see the lost and the found drawn to and transformed by Jesus.

Fourth, we must have a passion to reach out and impact our community and world.

These are the things I’m committed to in ministry.