This is what the early church did:
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching.
Luke describes the first church as a group of people devoted to the Bible.
And the fellowship.
More than a social gathering, this word means they functioned like an extended family. They were committed to one another.
And to the breaking of bread.
This likely has a double meaning: The Lord’s Supper and a common meal.
And the prayers.
They prayed for one another regularly and corporately.
And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. We don’t have the apostles alive today, but the church still has a ministry of relief and compassion that can provide hope and wonder for every soul.
And all who believed were together.
They were united, as one community with one purpose.
And had all things in common.
While they were together, they met one another’s needs.
And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need.
There was a profound willingness to sacrifice possessions for the sake of the church.
And day by day, attending the temple together.
They saw a need to gather regularly.
And breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people.
For the second time, Luke emphasizes their desire to eat together. He also adds a description of their attitude and desire for worship.
And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.
All this activity, led by the Holy Spirit, resulted in church growth.
This was a different time, a different place, and a different set of circumstances. But people are still people and God has not changed. His desire for the church must be something close to this. Is this our desire for the church? Is this our vision for Christ Fellowship?
Let’s pray for this together:
- That we would be devoted to God’s Word.
- That we would be devoted to relationships.
- That we would eat together.
- That we would pray together.
- That we would serve and provide for one another as needs arise.
- That we would worship together regularly.
- That we would grow in numbers.