A Life Changing Experience
Have you ever had a life changing experience that altered everything in your life and changed the priorities of your life forever?
WHAT WERE THE MOST IMPORTANT PRIORITES OF THE EARLY CHURCH?
They continued steadfastly (gave constant attention to, continually devoted themselves to):
The Apostles’ Teaching:
They were giving constant attention to learning the principles of God’s Word. This was an evidence of their true conversion
- They were hungry for God’s Word
- They wanted to know everything about their Savior
- They wanted to know how to serve their Lord
- Are you hungry for God’s Word? Do you crave it? (1 Peter 2:2)
- Is God’s Word important to you?
- Do you have an overwhelming desire to learn about your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ?
Participating together in things we share in common. This is the Greek “koinonia” and can refer to several things here:
- Participating in ministry together
- Worshiping together
- Sharing their material possessions (3000 / 120 = 25)
- Sharing the Lord’s Supper together – Remembering his sacrifice together
- Sharing a common faith – believing the same things
- Sharing a common hope of heaven
- Sharing common joys
- Sharing common enemies
- Sharing an attitude of righteousness
- They used all of these common things to strengthen and encourage each other. (Heb 10:25)
Breaking of Bread:
Although this could refer to the Lord’s Supper, it appears in context to refer to a common meal (Acts 2:46).
- They broke bread together in their homes.
- Breaking bread together is a sign of closeness and intimacy, a sign of agape love.
- You usually don’t invite strangers into your home to eat. This a place normally reserved for family. We are family.
- They gave constant attention to breaking bread together because it brought them closer together in friendship and unity
- The result of breaking bread together was gladness (joy, happiness) and simplicity of heart ( they were content)
Communication with God the Father
- They directed their praise, worship, thanksgiving, needs, and desires to God
- Jesus said "Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full. (John 16:24).
- Paul said “praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints;” (Eph 6:18).
- James said “You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask.” (James 4:2).