In the Book of Acts, we receive a sense of what a vibrant church community looks like. In looking at this passage, we get a sense of what a new church might strive for. Please take a moment and read Acts 2.
Acts 2:42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.
To help us understand this passage, let’s answer a few questions:
How was the early church’s Fellowship described? They were devoted to the fellowship of the church. They were bound together by having Christ in common. They were willing to make personal sacrifice to meet other’s needs. They ate meals in each other’s homes. And God grew them in number.
How was the early church’s Worship described? They were devoted to the Apostle’s teaching, the Lord’s Supper, and prayer. God answered their prayers and did great things among them. They met together often for worship and praised God.
How was the early church’s Service described? They gave generously at their own personal expense to meet the needs of any that came to them. Their worship, fellowship, and service earned them a good and Godly reputation even among those who did not believe in Jesus, and God blessed their service with the fruit of seeing many people come to know Christ.
How would our Fellowship be described? To reflect the early church’s Biblical example of fellowship, we would need to cultivate vibrant home communities that extend the fellowship of our Sunday worship into the homes of our members. These communities would be both formal in announced gatherings and hopefully informal in reflection of a desire to be among one another. Here the needs of the gathering are shared, addressed with Gospel hope, and met with practical and spiritual support.
How would our Worship be described? To reflect the early church’s Biblical example of worship, we too would devote ourselves to being people of the Apostles teachings desiring to make sure that every thought, word, and deed of worship be Biblically faithful. Our services prior to, during, and even afterwards would bathed in prayer for God’s glory and our transformation. We would celebrate the Lord’s supper each Sunday and ask that God would be evident among us in both our great petitions to Him and His great blessings poured out to us. Our music would seek to glorify God by celebrating that He has worked with His people for many ages now, so our music would honor the past while representing the present.
How would our Service be described? To reflect the early church’s Biblical example of worship, we too would give generously at our own expense to insure that none among went with unmet needs. We would extend this service in acts of mercy to the community around us as a demonstration of the Gospel so that God would be glorified in our service to others in hopes that He might be pleased by our name in the community. Our service is not a growth plan, but we do desire for many people to come to know Christ and added to our number by the testimony of Christ represented in our service.
Join us as we pray that God might do these things among us in the Spotsylvania Massaponax area.