One of my favorite passages in the Bible is Acts 2: 42 - 2742 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.
Why do I love this you ask? Because it shows me what we as a church are supposed to be doing.
Oh, I probably should explain what the church is. The church is people, equipped to serve by the Holy Spirit, meeting needs everywhere in Jesus name. (For those of you who have read, Love, Acceptance, and Forgiveness by Jerry Cook, yes that is a modified version of his definition.)
What do I see here? I see people connecting their lives to Jesus in real and meaningful ways.
- Devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching... What were they teaching? Exactly what Jesus taught them. How to have a meaningful relationship with Him.
- to the breaking of bread and the prayers... The early church was a church of prayer. Pentecost was born out of a prayer meeting. Nothing has changed today. Anytime you see God doing something great you will find people who prayed for it.
- And day by day, attending the temple together... The purpose of them going to the temple was to worship and pray. Remember, the first followers of Jesus were Jews. Worshipping at the Temple and praying to Jesus was a daily habit that helped to keep them focused and connected to Him.
- praising God... We can see from the Book of Acts that God did miracles among them and blessed His church in Jerusalem. They showed their thanks by giving credit to Him with all their heart.