2018-04-14 - The Early Church
Acts 2:42-43 They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles.
Before he ascended into Heaven, Jesus had instructed his disciples to "Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you." (Matthew 28:19-20) His disciples did just that. What about the rest of his followers? Their leader and teacher had gone. They must have wondered what to do, too.
In the book of Acts, we find that Jesus' followers didn't just fade away. They didn't hide or go back to their previous interests and pursuits. Instead, the early Christians gathered together to listen to the teaching of Jesus’ disciples, and spent time praying and worshipping. They also sought comfort and instruction together.
Are you a part of a local church, where you can gather to hear the word preached and taught? Can you turn to fellow believers, to pray together? If not, I encourage you to find a group of fellow believers to meet with to hear the Gospel, to pray with, and to fellowship with. We are stronger together.
Richard Moser, Jr
All scripture references from NIV (New International Version) unless otherwise noted