Acts 2:42 (NIV) They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
Acts 2:44-47 (NIV) 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 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, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved…
Acts 4:33-35 (NIV) 33 With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all 34 that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales 35 and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need.
Acts 11:20-23 (NIV) 20 Some of them…went to Antioch and began to speak to Greeks also, telling them the good news about the Lord Jesus. 21 The Lord’s hand was with them, and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord. 22 News of this reached the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. 23 When he arrived and saw what the grace of God had done, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts.
Acts 11:25-26 (NIV) 25 Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, 26 and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. So for a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people. The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch.
What did they do then?
1. They united into a congregation.
• It was totally inclusive.
• It preached that Jesus was the Son of God so he alone accomplished salvation.
• There was a spiritual power that attended its message.
Acts 2:37-41 (NIV) 37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” 38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.” 40 With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” 41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.
1 John 3:14 (NIV) We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love…
2. They shared to meet each other’s needs.
3. They worshiped in the Temple courts.
Ephesians 2:14 (NIV) For he himself is our peace. his purpose was to create in himself one new humanity.
Ephesians 2:19 (NIV)Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household.
Ephesians 2:21-22 (NIV) 21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.
Matthew 5:13-16 (ESV) 13 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. 14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
Acts 2:47 (NIV) …and the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
4. They met in small groups in homes for fellowship.
5. They celebrated communion.
1 Corinthians 11:26 (NIV) For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
• It connects the present to the past.
• It connects your soul to God.
• It connects the individual to the community.
Galatians 3:28 (HCSB) There is no Jew or Greek, slave or free, male or female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
• It connects your life story to the future.
Revelation 19:9, 21:3-5 (NIV) Then the angel said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!’”
Revelation 21:3-5 (NIV) 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away”… 5 “I am making everything new!”
Growing Deeper Together
Use these points throughout the week as part of your quiet time, in your small group, or over coffee with a friend to help you apply what you learned in today’s message.
• Look at each of the five ways the early church was “together”.
Which of these are you fully engaged in?
How can you step forward in growth in one of these areas?
• The Church began with small groups of people meeting together in homes to talk about what they’d heard in towns and on hillsides. We continue that today with Small Groups that meet on campus and in homes around our city.
Join a group today! Sign up for Tuesday night studies that begin on April 18. If you’re already part of a group, invite someone to join you. Find details at northpointe.org/events
Host a group in your home. Invite a few people over for coffee and conversation and talk about what you’ve learned in your daily quiet time or on Sunday in church. If you need help getting started, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be in touch.
• Look over points 1, 3, & 5. These relate to Sunday worship services.
How are you participating? Where could you serve or lead on Sunday? Greeter, Brew Crew, Stage Door Catering, Kids Leader, ASL Interpreter, Prayer Team, and more. There are so many ways to help make Sunday happen at NorthPointe! Start here: northpointe.org/serve.
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