Early Church – Tue – 22-06-07

Have you played the telephone game where a group of people whisper a message to each other?  The last person then says the message out loud. It is amazing how a message will change as it goes from person to person!

Messages are not the only things that can change over time. Organizations and institutions can also change. Take the church. How much has the church changed since it began after Jesus resurrection centuries ago?

Let’s look at how the first church acted. Acts 2:42-47 says, “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. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he 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.” (NIV)

Does that sound like your church today? If not, remember the followers of Jesus are the church. If it has changed from the original pattern, we can restore it by following the example of the first church. Let’s devote ourselves to bible study, fellowship, the Lord’s Supper and prayer!

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