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02 May 2020

Easter 4A Sermon: They Devoted Themselves

Preached on Acts 2:42–47
The Fourth Sunday of Easter — The Good Shepherd
A Spoken Order of Morning Prayer (LSB 235)
3 May AD 2020

Video: Click to view the YouTube video of They Devoted Themselves. Morning Prayer from the Lutheran Service Book begins with the Verse (235), the Psalmody (LSB 235–237) with the Venite and Psalm 23, and the Readings with Responses (LSB 238). The sermon starts at the 8:40 mark. The service concludes with the Benedictus (LSB 238–240), Collect of the Day, Prayer of the Church, Collect for Grace (LSB 241), Lord’s Prayer, Benedicamus (LSB 241), and Benediction (LSB 242).

Audio: Alternatively, choose They Devoted Themselves, MP3 audio of the sermon only.

Acts 2:42 Summary: The Jerusalem Church kept sharp focus on what was truly needful. They were devoted to receiving correction and forgiveness through the Apostles’ teaching and preaching. They devoted themselves to each other so none would be in need.

The Emmaus Road disciples knew Jesus through the breaking of the bread (Luke 24:13–35). Here, a few weeks later, these Christians knew that the Lord graciously revealed Himself in His Supper to them also as they devoted themselves to “the breaking of the bread.” And they joined in corporate prayer and worship, devoting themselves to asking, thanking, and praising God in Jesus’ name.

Just as in the First Century, Twenty-first Century Christians learn and practice devotion to the things of God as they mirror Jesus’ devotion to His Father’s will and our salvation.

Text: And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe 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. Acts 2:42–47

Scripture quoted from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Video: Click to view the YouTube video of They Devoted Themselves. Sermon begins at the 8:40 mark.

Audio: Click They Devoted Themselves for MP3 audio of just the sermon.

Other Readings: Psalm 23; 1 Peter 2:19–25; John 10:1–10

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