What is the church all about

In Acts 2:42 we see that four specific things dominated the thrust of the early church.  Today so many things like building maintenance, upkeep, and programs dominate our churches time and budget.  Continuing steadfastly in the apostles doctrine gives us the idea that they were devoted to not only keeping correct doctrine, but also they applied correct doctrine.  They allowed it to change their lives. Then they were devoted to fellowship, not just spending time together, but being connected to each other in a partnership, for encouragement, growth, stimulation, and to challenge each other.

Then it says breaking of bread, this of course was a reference to the Lord’s Supper. On a regular basis they reminded themselves of Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross, and used this as an opportunity to repent and confess sin.  They knew the one thing that could destroy their fellowship and weaken their power was sin.  The final activity that was extremely important in the early church was prayer.

We would do well to focus on these 4 activities.

Have a great week!

What Now!?

The weeks after the first Easter were filled with emotional high’s and low’s.  Jesus was alive, but then He left again, this time for Heaven.  How were they supposed to live without Him?  He told them plainly in Acts 1:8 that they would receive power when the Holy Spirit came upon them.  That is how they were supposed to live.  It’s the same for us today, we are supposed to live in the power of the Holy Spirit, not in our own power.  The scriptures plainly tell us the we should rely on the Holy Spirit for strength to overcome sin, to know how to pray, to share our faith, to live daily life, for comfort in times of need, for direction in uncertain times.

They were starting fresh with this help, and we can start fresh today with the power of the Holy Spirit.