Acts 2: 38-47Written by kathleen on Dec 28, 2014 in - No Comments
Continuing daily with one accord
38Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.
41 Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. This day of Pentecost saw an amazing harvest of souls. The church went from about 120 people to 3,120 people in one day.
42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.
This text begins with the four activities of this first church and are introduced to us as priorities of the church. These are the four things to which these people devoted themselves and were not options.
This was were the fruit of a genuine conversion and of life in Christ They Were A Practicing People and were marked by The Truth; they were doctrinally sound and lived by the truths they had been taught and they did not waiver from them.
These early Christians were a people all about God. They were the real deal and their reality is plainly seen in the things that marked their Christian life.
They based their life around The Apostles’ Doctrine– They didn’t just dabble in the Word they devoured it and they believed it literally. They understood what it meant to Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Tim 2:15
They took to heart what the Lord had said to Joshua Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go. 8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Joshua 1:7-9
In today’s economy it’s all about being successful and prosperous and depending on whom you are talking with will determine how to accomplish that goal. According to the Bible in this text it is by being faithfully committed to the Word of God and continuing in the apostles’ doctrine which is the New Testament record and instruction. In Matt 6:33 Jesus tells us seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
Allowing Jesus & His kingdom business to take priority in your life
Those who gladly received his word were baptized continued “in fellowship.” These were people from many varying backgrounds. Yet in Christ, they became one. This is one trademark of God’s church.
When He is in control, there will be love and acceptance of everyone who comes through the door of the church. This is not to say that we will condone everything everyone does, but we will love the individual simply because Jesus loves them.
While there is love for the sinner, there will also be love for the saint, too.
The true church is marked by a close, loving fellowship We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren 1 John 3:14
The Greek word used for “fellowship” is koinonia, which means communion, or communication and is about people sharing the things of the kingdom of God with one another.
There are 8 things we share as Christians, we share the same Lord Jesus, we share the same guide for life, we share the same love for God, we share the same desire to worship Him, we share the same struggles, we share the same victories, we share the same job of living for Him, we share the same joy of communicating the gospel to others.
Breaking of Bread These early Christians also found common ground in the Lord’s Supper. They were quick to remember God’s great blessings on their lives. Even living so close to the time when Jesus was crucified they still never wanted to forget it!
When these people gathered, they did so to celebrate their Common Ground: The Person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Things haven’t changed! The same thing that brought these people together is the same thing that binds us one to another. It is the death, resurrection and return of the Lord Jesus Christ.
When we come together at the Lord’s Table, may we always remember that we are here, we are saved, and we are family all because of what Jesus did for us at Calvary.
We were nothing when He chose us, and we are nothing apart from Him, Everything we have everything we are, everything we ever hope to have or be, we owe to Jesus!
When we forget this and feel that we are partly or wholly responsible for who we are, that’s when your in deep spiritual trouble.
Another trait that marked these early believers was Prayer. They possessed an active prayer life. To them, prayer was more than just a ritual or some habit they were supposed to indulge once in a while. Prayer was their lifeline. It was their link with the Heavenly Father and the means whereby He communicated with them.
In the modern church, prayer has, too often, become the stepchild that’s kept in the attic! People just don’t pray like they should. They don’t place as high a priority on prayer as they place on other things.
The fact is churches are better organized, more prosperous and better educated than they have ever been. Yet, at the same time, the modern church is weaker than it has ever been. The reason is; Christians simply do not pray as they should!
Everything we read about the power and glory of the early church flows from the foundation of the word, fellowship, remembrance of Jesus’ work on the cross, and prayer. Whenever God’s work is done, God’s people are praying.
You have heard people say “I don’t need to go to church to pray. I can pray by myself.” Yes, you can pray by yourself. In fact, Scripture commands us to do so However, our Father enjoys and responds to our corporate requests in a unique way; Jesus spoke of a dynamic that takes place when we pray corporately Matt 18:19-20 Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”
43 Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. . The power of God was evident because fear came upon every soul. One of the greatest, most powerful works God can do is to change the human heart towards a reverent honor of the Lord. . The power of God was evident because many wonders and signs were done, and where God is moving, lives will be touched in miraculous ways.
44 Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, 45 and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need.
This is the calling card of Christianity! The world may promise man many things, but only a true, Spirit filled congregation can offer the seeker undemanding, selfless and never-ending love!
The true church does this not out of compulsion, nor of Law. The church does this because it is what God wants us to do.
The world will forget our messages our special events even our names and faces, but they will never forget the genuine display of Christ-like love, when it dwells in our lives. Our love is our statement of Faith! John 13:34-35 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
46 So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.
These people didn’t just dress up in spiritual clothes on Sunday! They were Christians 7 days a week. They made their way to the Temple and worshiped with other believers.
A growing, living church is marked by people who are spiritual. They are not just “Sunday Saints,” but they are, and act, just as saved on Monday – Saturday they made it an everyday thing.
When people’s priorities are in order and their hearts are right with the Lord, they don’t have to be begged and prodded to go to church. They don’t have to be encouraged to do their jobs at church correctly and with joy.
They don’t have to be reminded to live for Jesus during the week.
When the people in a church are spiritual, there is an automatic gravitation toward the House of God and the Lord’s work. When this pull is missing, it indicates that there are problems of the heart that need to be addressed!
The Community Was Affected Notice that souls were saved by the Lord. This church grew because it was what God wanted it to be and people responded and He blessed it in return.
When the church comes to the place where it is obedient & pure in the eyes of God, devoted to the mission of God, and working together for the glory of God, then ,and only then, will the church see God extend the influence of the church beyond the four walls of the building.
We all want to see people saved, right?
Well, it will happen when the church lines herself up with God’s plan for the ages and goes with Him.
It all begins Knowing Jesus as your personal savior and allowing Him to be the leader of your life!