Apostles Teaching – God’s View
The apostles teaching is the truth about Jesus Christ – the Gospel. They taught about the way in which he fulfilled the Old Testament Scriptures in order to bring people to salvation through His sacrificial death on the cross and His resurrection. They also taught how salvation in Jesus Christ was to be worked out in the life of the believer. (Romans 1:5) The apostles teaching is not teaching something that they have made up in their own minds, but only things which have been revealed to them by Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Jesus had already made it clear to them that their teaching was to be consistent with His: “To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.” John 8:31
One of the noblest pursuits a child of God can embark upon is to get to know and understand God better. The best way we can accomplish this is to look carefully at the book He has written, the Bible, which communicates who He is and His plan for mankind. There are a number of ways we can study the Bible, but one of the most effective and simple approaches to reading and understanding God’s Word involves four simple steps (what I call the four R’s):
Step 1: Read – But above all else read God’s word!!
Step 2: Record – Write down what God is speaking to you during your reading.
Step 2: Reflect – Take a minute and meditate on what you are reading, what is God saying to you??
Step 3: Remember – Memorize the verses that God has put on your heart.
Apostles Teaching – Read the Bible
But above all else, read God’s word!! I can’t tell you where I heard that or if i read that some where. What I can tell you is that after years of following Christ I have come to the realization that it is true!! Reading the Bible on a regular basis in the most important discipline a Christian can develop. The Apostles teaching includes developing a regular Bible reading schedule, this will build the character and confidence a Christian needs to overcome the trials and tribulations that will come our way. Praying is important, fasting is important, but developing the discipline of regular Bible reading will help us grow to a boldness for Christ that cannot be overcome by the world or anything in it.
Through the years I have developed tools that I use to help me in my walk with God. I have developed my own Bible reading plan. I used the Daily Bread chart from the Pentecostal Publishing House as an outline. It only takes a few minutes a day, but can build rewards for a lifetime. I have also developed Bible outlines for each book of the Bible. These free Bible outlines help to establish a foundation in the history of the book and give us background on the times they were written. I hope you enjoy using them as much as I did in developing them.
Apostles Teaching – Record God’s Revelations
Write down what God is speaking to you during your reading. As you begin to develop a regular reading schedule, you will begin to realize that God is speaking to you while you read. The “still small voice” in the back of your mind that is pointing you in certain directions or giving you encouraging thoughts and words. Record these thoughts and so you can go back to them a reflect and meditate on them. God is speaking to you, stop and listen, use this information to make decisions in your life.
In the book, “How To Study the Bible for Yourself,” by Tim LaHaye, he gives us guidance and examples for developing a spiritual diary. In thi diary we are to record not only what we read, but also what God speaks to us. He also tells us, “There is no learning without written duplication.”
Apostles Teaching – Reflect on God’s Revelations
Take a minute and meditate on what you are reading, what is God saying to you?? We live in a faced paced society. The faster we get through things the faster we can move to the next thing. Multi-tasking has become a normal part of life for most people. Doing as much as we can fit into a day, so we can go to bed a get up and do it all over again tomorrow can be exhausting in itself. When starting to read our Bible, we need to clear out our schedule and our minds and make time for God. After reading and writing, take a few minutes to stop and reflect or meditate on what you have read. Ask yourself, “What does it all mean?”, “God what are you trying to reveal to me?” These are important questions that need to answered, and it takes some time and focus to get the answers. Stop and smell the roses for a minute, enjoy the new found presence of God. The apostles teaching must have include meditation. The word meditate is found 14 times in the entire bible, with Joshua 1:8 telling us “it will make us successful,” want to be successful? Meditate on the word of God.
Apostles Teaching – Remember God’s Revelations
What does it mean to fix God’s words in your heart and mind? Among other things, it means to be continually conscious of the Bible’s teachings as you go through your daily routine. And one practical way to make sure that God’s words are always close at hand is to memorize Bible verses and passages from the Bible.
There is power in the act of memorizing — of becoming so familiar with a word, phrase, or verse that it springs to mind instantly when something happens to trigger the memory. When you’ve truly internalized something, it can stay with you all your life — consider how easy it is to recall the lyrics to pop songs from your youth. And if you can still remember the lyrics to a Bon Jovi album from the ’80s, you’re quite capable of committing a few Bible verses to memory!
Apostles Teaching – In Conclusion
The Apostles Teaching is a combination of bible study, Christian fellowship and discipleship. In other words it is a community of like believers that have come together to strengthen and encourage each other. It is a place where the sinner can come and find a place of forgiveness and new life, but also, it is a place the believer can come to grow himself without fear of judgment. It is a place where we can all come together to be Christians to be Christ Like.