Church, At Least Do This

So those who accepted his message were baptized, and that day about 3,000 people were added to them. And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to the prayers. – Acts 2:41-42
In Luke’s account of early church expansion, I believe there is an intended pattern that the Holy Spirit wants us to grasp. Immediately after Pentecost (and the miracles that accompanied that event):
– Peter preached the message of Christ, then …
– some heard, heeded, and believed the message of Christ (obviously also receiving the Holy Spirit), then …
– those who believed the message of Christ were baptized as a public testimony of their belief, then …
– they were added to the 120 who had already believed the message of Christ, then …
– they devoted themselves to: the study of the Apostles’ teaching (God’s truth), the covenant relationship created by the unity of the Spirit (fellowship), the breaking of bread (Lord’s Supper), and prayer(s).
In a sentence, proclamation precedes reception and is followed by affirmation and addition leading to application, interconnection, recollection, and supplication.
I would never suggest that this is an exhaustive (even limited) list of church activity as it applies to the modern church, but I firmly hold to the truth that we must at least adhere to this foundation or run the risk of becoming irrelevant to Christ in our attempts at somehow remaining relevant to man. Churches have been known to die long before their congregants and while we should always be doing all that we can to expand and grow, may we at least do what matters most, which is preach the gospel.
Churches and chapels would not so often be empty if ministers would take heed what they preach as well as how they preach. – Charles H. Spurgeon

Published by Dr. David Pope

Dr. David Pope is the Founder and CEO of Pope Initiatives. ARM Solutions is a division of Pope Initiatives that exists to activate collaborative efforts for sustainable impact among the global unreached.

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