Today’s verse gives us a glimpse of what the very first church was like… an inside out church. It serves as a model for all churches.
Verse 42 says they “continued steadfastly in the Apostles doctrine” that is they were heavily involved in the study of the Word. A critical factor in any church is the importance of scripture.
We refer to this as the FUNDAMENTALS. Discipleship within our church is critical if we are to maintain the fundamentals of the faith.
Verse 42 also says they continued in “fellowship.” This is further explained in verse 46, they were “continuing daily with one accord,” a special intimacy as God’s people. They broke “bread” from “house to house.” They “ate their food with gladness and singleness of heart.” They were devoted in FELLOWSHIP.
Verse 47 says they were “praising God.” Note also in verse 42 that they were “breaking bread” which probably refers to communion. They were devoted “in prayers.” This was a church that practiced FAITHFULNESS.
Verse 43 says “Many wonders and signs were done by the Apostles.” God was pouring His power through these people. Verse 44 says that “they had all things in common.” Verse 45 says they “divided” or sold their possessions “to all men, as every man had need.”
They were involved in FINANCES. Attending the local church and being an inside out person will involve financial commitments to the Lord. Thank you for being a giving people. We are able to reach our community through Project520 and our faith-promise missions ministry because of you. Thank you!