Thursday, January 21, 2021

Lessons From The Early Church

 Thursday, January 21, 2021

And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe[a] came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved. Acts 2:42-47

God made families. He made families in nature and families with people and families are the group of people that we are usually closest to. But He gave us another family in the body of Christ and many of us have formed the most special relationships in our lives with the people we go to church with every Sunday. Sometimes we are even closer to our church family than we are to our biological family and those who have no biological family are so thankful for the belonging and love they find at church.

When we embrace the truth that our gifting's are developed and our purpose is realized through the family connection to God’s people and cooperate with God’s delegated leaders and community
we are placed in, we thrive and come alive!
Our passion and purpose grow,
we mature, and dreams are fulfilled. – Sam Nobles

Sunday Sam preached about the first church and gave us four values of the first church.  These values were the fruit of a genuine conversion and Spirit filled life in Christ.  

The Early Church Was Devoted To The Apostles Teaching – They were serious about the word of God and they studied what the Apostles taught them. They were hungry and the Apostles’ teaching created more hunger and they turned to God’s word for satisfaction as they should.

Our church and any church must be serious about teaching and learning the Word of God. Learning from His word will help us grow in our walk with the Lord and we in turn can help others. The Word of God – His Word – is what we should hunger for as well, just as the early church.

The Bible answers all the questions that lie at the real heart of every human being. What is real? What is ultimate? Where do we come from? What is the matter with humankind, and what hope is there for us? The Bible is the only book that answers all those questions.

The Early Church Was Devoted To Fellowship – Fellowship is so important and vital to our lives and the life of a church. Fellowship creates unity. Fellowship fills in the holes and makes us stronger. It is sharing our lives with one another – good and bad – walking together and holding each other up. It is the glue that holds us together.

Fellowship with God and fellowship with His people go hand in hand. The more you fellowship with God the greater your desire will be to fellowship with God’s people. If you are out of fellowship with God, you will find yourself out of fellowship with other believers as well.

The Early Church Was Devoted To The Breaking of Bread – This is referred to in the Old Testament as both the Lord’s Supper and eating together. Taking the Lord’s Supper shows that we believe He died for us and has forgiven us. It says we believe that His body was broken (bread) and His blood was poured out (juice) for our atonement.

As for eating a meal together, I don’t think I need to explain how important and refreshing it is to eat with family and good friends. There is something very special about that time together shared. During the early days of the church, a love feast was held in connection with the Lord's Supper as an expression of the love of the believers for one another.

The Early Church Was Devoted To Prayer – Prayer is essential to keeping the communication open between us and God. Also, as a whole, the church was able to see God at work and experience His power through praying together. They met regularly for the sole purpose of prayer.

It is clear that prayer in the book of Acts was not for outward show. Christian leaders did not come together and simply open their discussion with a “word of prayer.” They understood that their primary purpose in assembling was prayer.


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