The early church 3
'They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.' Acts 2:42 NIV
The first church we read about is in Acts chapter 2. It was set up just after Pentecost, the time when the Holy Spirit came. The church written about in Acts 2 has become a model that many people think churches should follow today.
The early church was described like this: 'They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favour of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.' (Acts 2:42-47 NIV).
Wouldn't it be great if our churches were like this? If we all were united, shared what we had, offered our gifts and skills, met together regularly, encouraged each other, overflowed with joy and were all committed to growing and serving? In Hebrews it says: 'Let us think about each other and help each other... meet together and encourage each other' (Hebrews 10:24-25 NCV). Are we ready to make this our way of life?
So what now? Choose one thing you could personally adopt that reflects the life of the early church. Make it your challenge to do that for the rest of the month.
Soulfood: Acts 6-7 Matt 8:18-27 Ps 118:1-9 Pro 15:27-30,