What do we mean when we say we are a “devoted”church?
Devotion to our Lord Jesus Christ is a response to his grace, which he has shown in fullest measure. Because Jesus willingly suffered in our place and has qualified us to share his glory with us, we have a strong desire to live holy lives that are worthy of Christ and the gospel. (Matt. 10:37-39; Phil. 1:27; Col. 1:10, 3:1; Titus 2:11-14)
Devotion to the fellowship of believers The gospel by its very nature is relational. This faith unites believers together into the Body of Christ. Every believer has been united to Jesus by faith and every believer needs the body of Christ in order to persevere in his devotion to Christ. We cannot be devoted to Christ unless we are also devoted to the Fellowship of believers. (Ps. 133:1; John 13:35; Acts 2:42-47)
Devotion to the Great Commission is another natural result of our devotion to Christ. When we display a heartfelt devotion to Christ and to the fellowship of believers, people on the outside looking in will want to experience this grace also. And we will want them to experience it! His transforming grace makes telling others something we want to do, not just something we must do. (Prov. 15:7; Matt. 28:19-20; 1 Cor. 9:19-23; 2 Cor. 2:14; 2 Thes. 3:1; Col. 1:6-7)