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Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Lessons From The Early Church
This message was brought by Andrew DCruz on June 7th, 2020 at Word of Grace. To listen to the audio please click here
Fellowship of the Believers - 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 favour of all the people. And the Lord added to their
number daily those who were being saved.
It shows us what the community looked like after
Pentecost, and describes the life of the early church. What we see is that they
valued these three things:
which led to everyone being filled with awe at the signs and wonders that
Teaching and Fellowship Generosity
and Community Growth and
Favor among all.
As a result of these three things, we see what
their community looked like and what happened to within that community. They
took care of their neighbours and showed one another love and kindness. They
were truly a church of close-knit friends who enjoyed fellowship with one
V44 All the believers were together and had everything in common.- They had a strong community and sense of family to the level where
they shared their possessions saying, what’s mine is yours. We see that
they paid a lot of attention to their neighbours, the circumstances they were
in and not just that, they were all friends.
V46 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,
they met together, they broke bread together
which shows us that breaking bread is important because its emphasized and
mentioned twice in this passage alone.
V47 praising God and enjoying the favour of all
the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being
Then they found themselves enjoying the favour
of God with all, within their community as well as outside their community.
Enjoying the favour of God is truly a blessing and it stems from not only how
your relationship with God is but also how your relationships with his people
and your community are too.
Three Key Points :
These three are
extremely important to the building up of our Christian faith. We have to be
submitted to the teaching of God’s word and what Jesus wants to tell us, not
what we want to tell one another or what we want to hear. We need to focus on
what the word says, and you can only get that by actively listening to the
word of God and also actively wanting to be changed by it.
emphasized and talked about in so many scriptures in the bible, where it
teachers us how to pray and shows us its importance.
Romans 12:12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful
The bible tells us to be faithful in
prayer and not just for our own needs, but for other people too. We’re
called to pray for our leaders, our friends, our bosses and families because we
know that our prayers will be answered.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 Therefore
encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing,
speaks of fellowship. We should see that the fellowship we share is one that
encourages one another. There’s enough negativity in the world, fellowship
is when we encourage each other and are there to support each others success,
where it brings me great joy to see you succeed and vice-versa.
Once you renew your mind, you start
thinking as God does, and a lot of creative thinking and approaching problems
from different angles comes when you have the mind of Christ. So build one
another up spiritually and mentally. A healthy community is essential to having
a good relationship with God because you can’t love God and hate your brother.
As we see from the passage, nobody lacked
anything. This wasn’t because there were no needs, there were, it was because
they took care of each other. The early church would sell their own possessions
to help other people in need. That is the level of love and community that they
shared. Generosity just overflowed from them as the holy spirit changed
them. They had a sense of family more than anything because how often do
you see people selling their possessions to help out strangers. This sense of
famly is truly so touching, they didn’t just prayer but took steps to help
19:17 - Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them
for what they have done.
Lending to one another is as good as
lending to the Lord and we all know God is no man’s debtor. So when you lend to
the poor, you lend to a God who is perfect and whose character is full of
goodness. Imagine how the Lord feels when we help those who are less fortunate
than us, how we have compassion for others just as he has had compassion for
3:13 - Bear with each other and forgive
one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord
We should keep in mind that in the
community not everything is rosy all the time, there are bound to be
disagreements or hurt feelings once in a while, but what is important is
learning to deal with them and resolve conflict in a healthy manner.
So bearing with each other and forgiving
one another. For he who has been forgiven much should also forgive. We tend to
expect more grace than we’re willing to give out. We need to remember how the
Lord has forgiven our sins and therefore we should be quick to forgive too,
especially in the church community. Extend grace to people.
The third point shows us what happened to
the church as a result of these
We see that many were added to their number.
The growth of the early church happened because of the Power of God but also
because their community was so incredibly attractive. It made people wonder
how such a loving community was established. When the peace and love of God
surround you, your life is changed and as a result, the life of those around
you is also changed. What happens is the Holy Spirit comes upon you transforms
your life but also you have a community of people that support the
Psalm 5:12 -
Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as
with a shield.
Which we can
see with these early Christians where the Lord blessed them as he viewed them
as righteous. Not because of their works, but also because they were living a
Godly upright life.
our lives to one similar to the early church. Naturally, we can’t do exactly as
they did right now, but what we can do is break bread over zoom, spend time
with one another catching up and contribute whenever we can help people in need
and continue to build a healthy community.
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