We often feel that if we could really “get back to basics” and model our Christian life on what we call the Early Church, then we would discover a fresh power, excitement and joy. So what did the first believers do, the 3,000 who came to faith after Peter’s first Spirit-filled sermon in Acts 2? How did they set about the business of “doing Church”? Even more important, what would happen if we did the same?
They devoted themselves to four main things. First, the apostles’ teaching. Jesus had commanded the apostles to teach (Matthew 28:19-20), and they were handing on what Jesus had taught them during his time on earth. So are we still learning?
Next, fellowship. Verses 44-46 show how deeply committed they were to each other and to meeting together, both in public and in home groups. Are we just as committed to fellowship with other believers?
They were also devoted to the breaking of bread. In other words, Jesus was central to their life as they remembered his death and resurrection every time that they ate together. Is Jesus at the centre of our life?
Finally, prayer. They prayed! Prayer means listening to God more than we talk to him, and being led by the Holy Spirit as we intercede for others. Are we able to have a genuine relationship with God through prayer? Do we pray for others for healing?
And the result? Read Acts 2 verses 46-47.The first believers knew gladness, favour, and growth! Are you thirsting for this too?
Prayer: Dear Father, I want to learn more, I want to have closer fellowship, I want Jesus to be at the centre of my life, and I want to hear your voice more clearly. Help me to get rid of non-essentials and concentrate on the basics, so that I can know the power, excitement and joy of the first believers - for the sake of your Kingdom and your glory. Amen.
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