“They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer” (Acts 2:42)

That the early disciples were “devoting themselves” comes from a word that means to be “stout.” As an adjective it means “dependable.” Whatever other qualities might be ascribed to the church, we must be a people found dependable when it comes to sound doctrine, a sense of community, and sincere prayer. It is these disciplines that make us stout disciples.

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