consumers to contributors

Acts 2:42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

We often read the first part of Acts chapter 2:1-4 and not relate it to the last part in vv. 42-46. We talk about the great outpouring and harvest of souls after Peter preached the Gospel but do not notice what they did immediately following it from vv. 42? They CONTINUED STEDFASTLY (persevered, were constantly diligent in, gave unremitting care and attendance to) the apostles doctrine, fellowship, breaking of bread, and prayers. After the great outpouring and harvest in Acts 2:1 4 why not just stop there? Acts 2:42 shows that God is interested in and the leaders focus was on disciples, not just decisions (converts). Those who will continue, not just start. Those who will finish, not just begin. Those who will be discipled and transformed from being consumers into contributors.

A disciple is not just conversion. True discipleship is reproducing Jesus in people. Jesus wants all true born again Believers to continue in His Word and to become true followers, disciplined learners to all the Word of God for all areas of life John 8:31, 32. Part of the Great Commission is to teach people to observe/obey all the things Jesus said Matthew 28:18 20.

The local Church is a place where people can be discipled from being a consumer into a contributor. A CONSUMER MENTALITY in the Church thinks:

I own myself and you owe me.
I want to pay the least and receive the most blessing.
I want maximum comfort with minimum inconveniences.
I want doctrine that inspires but does not confront.
I want a church that meets my needs but requires no commitments.
I would rather complain about what is wrong rather than get involved and fix something.
I never think I have enough but I want more for me and mine.

A disciple with a CONTRIBUTOR MENTALITY realizes:
We are not our own but have been bought with a price; now we owe.
We are willing to count the cost and pay the price to be a blessing
We want victory in spite of discomfort and inconveniences.
We want doctrine based on truth even if it confronts and corrects.
We want a church that trains us to meet others needs and church services that are not just all about us.
We would rather work, sacrifice, and labor to fix what needs fixed rather than cause division through criticism and complaining.
We realize our abundance is enough to help us supply for those that are in want or have need.

Salvation is a demonstration of God’s love for us. Discipleship is a demonstration of our love for Him. No one can force a person to be a disciple. It is to be out of love for ALL Jesus has done for us.

Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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