Acts: The New Church

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The following is a extra thought and study for our current teaching series: Acts – When God Sparks a Movement.

We’ve been studying through the book of Acts on Sundays but we won’t be taking the time to go through every single verse in the book of Acts during our 8 week series. There is SO much more to the book than we will cover on Sundays. So here is a bonus study that really ties the first church to the modern church. L

et’s finish up a section from chapter two that we didn’t get to last week. It really speaks for itself but it’s a great check-in on what immediately began to happen once the Holy Spirit began helping the early Christians.

Look over at Acts 2:42-47 (NIV) and we’ll see:

 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 favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

Here we see what the formula for the early church was… there were some essential things that they did continually. It’s almost like this little section is bulleted list of their goals… in fact it’s our goal at Venture to be committed to these same things. Hopefully you’ll see that right away…

It says:

  • They devoted themselves o the Apostles Teaching: These apostles were the men that lived with an learned from Jesus for 3 and a half years! Jesus entrusted them with the leadership of the church and the Holy Spirit guided them to teach. It must have been cool to have one of these original Jesus followers as their teacher! Today, the Apostles’ teachings can be found in the pages of the New Testament of the Bible.
  • They devoted themselves to fellowship: Spending time sharing real life together is crucial for our spiritual growth. This isn’t JUST Sunday church… this is Monday-Saturday relationships. It can be seen all through the book of Acts. How is this going for you? Maybe it’d be healthy for you to reach out and build some Jesus-centered relationships?
  • They devoted themselves to the breaking of bread: This was a huge part of church… meals together! Thank goodness!!! The modern church isn’t as good at this as the original church at this and could definitely get better at it. One of the ways we keep the spirit of this alive at Venture Church every week is through communion! It’s not a complete meal like they would have shared but it serves some of the same purpose; to remember Jesus’ sacrifice. But this may make you want to tap someone on the shoulder at church this week and say, “Hey… you wanna come over and break some bread with me this week?: It’s a great way to make fellowship happen!
  • The devoted themselves to Prayer: We’ve just spent 3 weeks in a series that addressed the question, “What Happens When We Pray?” Prayer has always been an awesome opportunity to connect with God buy talking with Him 1 on 1.
  • Another thing they were big on was taking care of each other’s needs: Just re-read the passage above! They took care of each other in a really practical way! People sold their stuff to take care of other families! I’ve seen this over and over in our church family. Like many things, it’s something we could get better at. But one thing that keeps blowing my mind is how often I hear about someone in our church family hearing about the needs of someone else and stepping up to just… handle it. That’s something the love of Jesus just naturally leads us to do! Keep your ears and eyes open to see how you might share God’s blessings with others!

So, that was a quick check-in with the church over the first few months of it’s existence. And it says that the “Lord added to their number every day those who were being saved!”

This month, Venture Church will be about 2 and half years old since we launched weekly serves at the YMCA. It’s been amazing to watch our community grow. It’s been like having a front row seat to the story from the book of Acts. As people decide to trust God with their lives, as they become Christians. In the last 2 ½ years we’ve see 32 people come to Jesus and get baptized! Dozens of others have formed community as we seek to be God Chasing, Grace Shaped, Love Agents! Seeing the life change and transformation of people as God’s Spirit leads our community is so encouraging. This same movement from the pages of the book of Acts is still alive and well today all over the world!

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Acts: The New Church


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