One question I can ask when I think about new year’s resolutions: What more can I give?
In the world around us, individualism is the ideal. However, we want to focus on being ‘together’ as a church.
In the Bible we see from the beginning it was clear that it was not good for Adam to be alone. And the book of Revelations ends with “The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.” (22:21)
Acts 2:42-47 NIV
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.  Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles.  All the believers were together and had everything in common.  They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.  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,  praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
The elements we see here are still at work and visible today.
If we look at the past of our movement there were times when we were full of visions, miracles, wonders. We have seen God do amazing things! Thinking back about those times can hinder us today.
“Sometimes the greatest opposition to what God wants to do next comes from those that were on the cutting edge of what God did last.” – R. T. Kendall
Hopefully, we want to move forward and make it even more amazing together.
Another thing that can hinder us is our sinful nature fueled by the individualism of our day and age. The personal trinity of my myself and I vs the holy trinity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
If you want to go fast go alone. If you want to go far go together.
What does ‘together’ look like in the Bible?
Acts 2:42 NIV
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
They were devoted. To attend constantly. Today we would use more the word obsessed. Let’s talk about this 2:42 obsession.
We don’t have the apostles teaching us anymore but we have the new testament which was written by them.
Romans 11:33 NIV
Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!
That’s what we have with the Scriptures, wow!
I want to be in God’s word, learn and grow.
The Greek word is koinōnia. It’s used to describe when we hold something in common. It allows us to have these ‘oh you too’ moments.
We have a lot that we don’t have in common: age, ethnicity, socio-economic background, where we live, vocation etc. However, the one thing that we do have in common is Jesus Christ.
How often do we bring out what we are learning at church? Lots of times we just sit back waiting to listen to whoever will be speaking. How is your quiet time going? Here is what I’m learning in my quiet time. I noticed something and I would like to encourage you with this scripture.
How inspiring is that!
How many hours in my week am I being entertained by Netflix, BBC etc? Are we all excited about the latest Star Wars movie?
The blockbuster event back then was saving souls and fellowship with God and each other. Let’s share the riches and abundance we have in Christ.
Proverbs 17:17 NIV
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.
How does that really happen?
It’s when we remember what we have in Jesus and share this more and more!
‘breaking of bread’ probably refers to communion. Because there seems to be a distinction between the breaking of bread and eating a meal in verse 46.
1 Corinthians 10:16 NIV
Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ?
The same phrase seems to be used here.
We all have a moment when the truth of the cross and Jesus’ sacrifice dawned on us.
At the foot of the cross, the ground is level. Nobody has anything to bring to the table.
Let’s remember and keep the cross in the centre of our lives.
That was their only real activity or ‘method’.
Our lives can get grey and cloudy really fast. Prayer clears the fog.
We all want to be part of a church that looks like the one described in Acts 2:42-47. The key is in verse 42.
We often focus on what it ought to be rather than focus on being what we need to be as disciples of Jesus. If we have an Acts 2:42 obsession then Acts 2:43-47 will naturally follow. The right kind of obsession brings correction and direction.
“I want the whole Christ for my Savior, the whole Bible for my book, the whole Church for my fellowship, and the whole world for my mission field.” – John Wesley
It’s encouraging to see so much of that in the church already.
Let’s continue to be obsessed with the things of God and the church that really matter: the Word, the fellowship, the cross, and prayer.
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