The verses that I have read today answer the question, “What makes a church?” The apostles’ teaching would have been concerning Jesus and the truths about him taught in the scriptures. This translates to our churches needing to teach about Jesus and explain the teachings about him from the Bible. A healthy church has fellowship. this is more than a meet and greet on a Sunday morning but a close relationship where life is lived with each other. The disciples broke bread. This probably means that they copied Jesus’ ritual of breaking bread whilst having regular meals together. There was a sense of awe about the church because of things that happened that could only be done by God. The church then willing lives from a common pocket and makes sure that no-one among them is living in poverty. The kind of actions that typified the church led to observers joining them daily. How many of these things can be said of your church?
42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 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, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
- How is the disciples’ commitment to the church described?
- Who performed signs and wonders?
- Why do some people accuse the early church of socialism?
- My church, The Chapel, has laid off a number of strong, Christian brothers and sisters. How can we be a support to them at this time?
- Which of the practices of the early church could your church improve upon?