What do you think the Church should be all about? We all know it centers around Christ of course, but for the purposes of this question, I’m asking what the focus of any assembling of the Body of Christ should be in it’s actions. I can probably read the various answers in your mind right now. Some of you are probably thinking church should be all about worship. Others of you are probably thinking church should be about social outreach and community work. Then some might say the church should be about gifts of the Spirit, worshiping on the Sabbath, and so on with all the other denominational traditions people choose to emphasize. I however think we get the true answer to my opening question in Acts 2.
Beginning of Acts 2
Let’s recall the beginning of the chapter quickly. It was the day of Pentecost, the Apostles were together, and a tongue of fire rested on each of them. They began speaking in other languages to the Jews of every nation under heaven. They were all confused as to why this was happening and assumed they were drunk. Apostle Peter explains to them that they couldn’t be drunk because it was the third hour of the day (9 a.m.), which presumably wasn’t a time that people normally drink, and this was the prophecy of Joel being fulfilled.
Peter focuses on Scripture
What I admire about what we see here in Peter’s speech to the Jews, is that he doesn’t do a whole lot of adding his own thoughts in speaking to the people. He lets the verses speak for themselves. I would recommend you go back to the chapter and look at how much verses are just quoted. We see in verse 17 it states, “‘And it shall be in the last days,’ God says, That I will pour forth of My Spirit on all mankind; And your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, And your young men shall see visions, And your old men shall dream dreams;” So he used the passage in Joel, which all the Jews being familiar with the Old Testament would know, to show that this was what was happening. The Spirit was poured on the Apostles.
Jesus became Lord and Christ
He goes on to explain that Jesus was attested by God through the performance of miracles, signs, and wonders. It was predetermined that Jesus would be nailed to the cross, put to death, and then God raised Him from the dead. He goes back to quoting scripture again, quoting David to explain God promised to seat one of His descendants on the throne, and speaking to the resurrection with Jesus not being abandoned to Hades, or suffering decay. Peter states in verse 32, “32 This Jesus God raised up again, to which we are all witnesses.” He concludes that the Jesus whom they crucified was made both Lord and Christ.
So now with that background given, we’re getting to the point of what I’ll tell you I think I think the church should be all about. The Jews were pierced at the heart and asked what they should do. Peter stated that they should repent and be baptized to have their sins forgiven. He exorted them to be saved from this perverse generation, and they did so in Acts 41 which states, “41 So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand souls.” The very next verse after that one is what I conclude the church to be about. Verse 42 states, “They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”
Reflection on Acts 2:42
So let’s reflect on this verse. Note that the very first thing mentioned is the Apostles teachings which we find today in scripture. The body of Christ needs its primary focus to be on learning scripture, understanding scripture, and obeying scripture. Next thing mentioned was fellowship. So often people make the faith a solo endeavor between each of us individually connecting with God, but I’ve suggested this to you on this blog before that this religion is more group focused than individual focused. Yes, we all need our alone time with God just as Jesus took some time alone with God in prayer. But look all throughout scripture, Adam and Eve, Moses and the Israelites, Jesus and the Apostles, the body of Christ. In the end, God seems to want all of us as humans to collectively connect with Him more so than individually. Do you spend time with other Christians often?
Breaking bread seems to reference what Jesus states in the Gospels about breaking bread in remembrance of Him. Luke 22:19 states, “And when He had taken some bread and given thanks, He broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” It’s referenced again a few verses after Acts 2:41 as something they devoted themselves to daily. Acts 2:44 states, ” Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart,” Many people are used to breaking bread in Christ’s remembrance as something done on special occasions, but as we can see here, this was something the first Christians did every day. Now there’s no command of such to do it every day, but I think we should take this example seriously by choosing to break bread in remembrance of Christ with one another frequently, and not even just when we’re assembling with our local of bodies of Christ, when we’re in one another’s homes just like they did house to house. How often do you break bread in remembrance of Christ?
Finally, the last thing stated the first Christians devoted themselves to was prayer. While this seems self-explanatory, I think it’s often a failure in Christian culture of how deep the devotion was for prayer in scripture. The Apostles would give hours of their day to prayer (Acts 3:1, Acts 10:9). They themselves even stated they devoted themselves to prayer (Acts 6:4). Jesus would pray all night to God (Luke 6:12). Now obviously I’m not telling you we all need to start praying all night. I am however giving you examples that devotion to prayer is critical to the Church, and should be of central focus and time as well. As to how much you should do that, I’ll leave you to ponder the examples we’re given and make your own conclusion.
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