Sunday, June 4
What are your three favorite things that your church currently does well? Looking at the early church, what were their strengths and weaknesses? We can learn from the early churches in many ways, such as learning from what they did well?
The people’s actions from the early church:
- Those who accepted the message were baptized. Does this still apply today? Well we see many churches and different denominations baptizing their members, but some of them sprinkle, some use full immersion while others have different methods. The Church of God of course, still practices the original immersion practice of baptism.
- The people devoted themselves to the teaching and fellowship of the apostles. Are we as devoted as the people in the early church? How do you define “devoted?” Is it 100% of your effort 24/7?
- They were consistent in breaking bread and prayer. What are the standards we adhere to in this generation when it comes to prayer? Do we allocate time each day to prayer or do we get too busy with life to take the time?
- The early church sold their possessions and goods and gave them to anyone in need. How eager are the people of this generation to help others? Do we sell our belongings and use the money to help those less fortunate? Do we offer our talents that God has gifted us?
- They met together every day in the temple courts. Do the people of today’s church meet every day? Sometimes we have a hard time just getting to church one day a week.
- They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts. Do we break bread together in our homes anymore?
Peter warned and pleaded with them to save themselves from this corrupt generation. Does that warning still apply today? Are we living in a corrupt world? Do we mimic the early church or do we fall into the antics of this corrupt generation? How devoted are we to the church? How can we become more devoted? If we are a righteous church, and a people that follow Him, then God will add to our numbers daily as in the New Testament.