Acts 2:40-47 The Growth of the Christian Church

At Pentecost, Peter delivered his first sermon during which he quoted both Joel and David, who prophesied of the resurrection of the Messiah, and the anointing of the Holy Spirit showed by the apostles in Jerusalem.

40 And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation.” 41 Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.” (Acts 2:40-41)

Peter’s sermon was so powerful, and truthful, over 3,000 people accepted and believed the truth about Jesus Christ, and His rising from the dead to fulfill prophecy foretold by Jewish prophets through scripture.

42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.” (Acts 2:42)

Luke teaches us about the four pillars of Christianity, first doctrine, by which new believers should strive to know Jesus. From dwelling in the word of God, and reading the bible, new believers are made holy as each one slowly matures spiritually in accordance with the perfect gospel.

Then, through fellowship, believers are called to sharpen one another, as iron sharpens iron. Is it though relationships that Christians are able to mature in our faith, as each one offer himself as a living sacrifice to the Lord.

Another required attribute is the breaking of bread, and communion, a symbolic meal that brings glory and honor to the sacrifice made on the cross by the Messiah.

Finally, believers are called to pray for each other, lifting up praise and worship to God for His divine plan, as well as placing requests upon our heavenly Father to fill the earthly needs of His children.

43 Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. 44 Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, 45 and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need.” (Acts 2:43-45)

Upon believing, each person saved at Pentecost became fearful, as kings David and Solomon wrote, the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. New believers in Jerusalem were not only blessed with he Holy Spirit, but also washed with a reverent, healthy fear of God almighty.

Shortly thereafter, abiding in the word and surrendering themselves to the loving will of the Lord, each new believer took an oath of poverty by combining their funds and valuables in one common asset, to be used for the benefit of the newly founded church.

46 So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.” (Acts 2:46-47)

Because it was an established gathering place, the apostles used the Jerusalem temple to preach the gospel and share the good news about the resurrection of the Messiah.

Then, through fellowship and the breaking of bread, the apostles went from house to house to further God’s kingdom and grow the church in accordance to the Lord’s will and perfect plan. Let’s pray!

Father God;
We thank you for your blessings in our lives and for your servant Luke,
We praise you Lord for his wisdom and for his works through this scripture,
We ask you Lord to inspire us to use these verses in our lives
As we grow in you through the teachings of your faithful apostle.

Lord we ask you to strengthen us each day as we endure through battles,
Allow us to praise and love each other through faith in you Jesus,
Shield us from evil through truth, the gospel, salvation and prayer,
Guide us to abide by your word as we spread your gospel to one and all
Becoming examples of faith through our character as we walk the narrow path.

God we pray that you will continue to bless us, to bless our lives and fill us with hope
We ask you Lord to guide our footsteps and lead us to the way everlasting,
Through faith in you Lord we seek salvation and a place with you in heaven
According to your word, your everlasting wisdom and strength.

May your will be done
In our lives, for your life.

We thank you for your love and all you bless us with each day.

Praise God,
Amen!

This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre
Email: danielstpierre@thrivethroughchrist.com

Posted in Bible Studies.

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