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Acts 2:41-47 (ESV)
41So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.
42And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.
When one reads Acts 2, they have an historical account of the purest stage of the church, the depiction of its greatest demonstration. We would do well to compare and contrast our own churches. The church of Acts 2 were:
- Recognizing Believers — those that received Peter’s message of Christ, the Gospel.
- Baptizing Believers
- Devoted to the Apostles’ Teachings — now found in the New Testament.
- Joyous in Fellowship and Gladness and Thankfulness and Generosity
- Sharing Meals
- Observing the Lord’s Supper
- Devoted to Prayer
- Meeting in the Community — the Temple, publicly & in households for worship and learning and meeting.
- Sharing Everything & Giving to Meet Each Other’s Needs
- Worshipping / Praising God
- Having Favor in the Community: drawing the “wrong crowd”
- Making Disciples
- Recognizing, Revering and Following the Authority and Influence of the Holy Spirit (v. 43)