Victoria Fellowship Church (VFC)
International and Interdenominational
House Fellowship for week commencing 20th September 2015
Quarter Theme: A Revived Church: Lessons from the Acts of the Apostles
Topic: Life of Commitment
Texts: Acts 21: 8-14, Phil 3: 7-14
Memory Verse: Acts 21:13 “Then Paul answered, “Why are you weeping and breaking my heart? I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.”
According to William Hutchison, “Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness.” Commitment to the cause of the Lord follows the revival experience, no chance to draw back. Commitment is defined as a pledge to fulfill, an obligation, to obligate ourselves to a cause. Commitment is similar in meaning to responsibility, pledge, vow, resolution, and determination. How are you committed to the Lord?
Paul’s life showed example of commitment. He had a mandate from God to preach the gospel to the Gentiles and the Jews alike (Acts 26: 15-18). The commitment to this cause lead him to disregard threats to his life and any personal comfort, if only he will have an opportunity to preach the gospel. The genuine prophesy from Agabus did nothing to dissuade him (Acts 21:13). He wants to preach the gospel in Jerusalem. He was committed to that one goal. From Philippians, we could see what principles helped Paul to leave a life of commitment. First, he considered knowing and following Christ as the highest calling that is not worth comparing with any other earthly thing. When Christ is glorified in our lives, all those things that formerly dazzled our eyes with a false splendor instantly vanish and reduced to nothing. Secondly, He always looked forward to the ultimate goal of being with Christ (Phil 3:14) He leaves the distraction behind to focus on becoming who Christ has called him to be. Jesus was always central in his thinking, whether he was working as a tent maker, preaching to the crowd, or even sitting in chains at prison.
Is Christ central to your thoughts and everyday living?
QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION
1. What does God’s commitment to us teach us about living a life of Commitment to Him? John 3:16, Matthew 22:37-38
2. Name some excuses people give for lack of commitment to Christ. Exodus 3: 11, 13; Judges 6:15; Proverb 22:13, Luke 14: 18-20. Can you explain why these excuses are not tenable?
3. Paul is a model of Commitment. From Romans 12:1-2, can you explain some essential qualities required to live a life of commitments?
4. What lesson(s) have you learnt from the sermon and the bible study?