We’ve come a long way since the beginning of the early church in Acts Chapter 2, at least in America. Freedom of religion allows American Christians to worship without the threat of persecution, but in turn has allowed us to get comfortable in our worship. We have come to expect certain luxuries such as: cushy pews, awesome sound and video, a/c & heating, seasonal decorations, and theater-esque lighting.
But what did the first church look like? Today’s church may not have a similar setting, but the principle of church should remain the same.
- God’s Calling is for Everyone: Acts 2:11 states, “We hear them speaking the magnificent acts of God in our own language.” It’s easy to accept people who “fit” your church culture, but what about those that don’t? God does not show favoritism. Neither should we.
- Tell Them About Jesus: Peter could have talked about anything from his time with Jesus. Instead, inspired by the Holy Spirit, he preached the death and resurrection of Jesus. He clearly stated that Jesus is Lord and Messiah. (Acts 2:22-31, 36)
- Believers Repented & Were Baptized: “Hearers were under deep conviction and asked what to do,” Acts 2:37. It’s not our job to convict someone of their sin. That is the Holy Spirit’s job. However, we can suppress the Holy Spirit’s work by opting to be politically correct versus telling the truth.
- They Devoted Themselves to Teaching, Fellowship, Breaking of Bread, and Prayers: Notice the word “devoted.” These days we have become devoted to other things besides what the early church devoted themselves to. This is evident by how many people show up to a prayer meeting versus a luncheon. Speaking of eating, “3,000 people believed and were baptized,” Acts 2:41. I don’t know how many people stuck around after being baptized, but I imagine they broke up into cell groups to eat in each other’s homes.
The result: “They ate their food with a joyful & humble attitude, praising God and having favor with all people and everyday the Lord added to them those that were being saved,” (Acts 2:46-47).
Who doesn’t want that??