Welcome back to House On Fire, our discussion study through the book of Acts. I am away this week leading worship at the New England Special Touch Breakaway (that is a ministry to the disabled). So I may not be able to respond to all your thoughts right away but I look forward to reading what the Lord shows you through your study of the text.
Today’s Scripture reference is :
The Fellowship of the Believers
42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.43 And awe[a] came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved. Acts 2:42-47 ESV
In these verses we see laid out for us the five biblical purposes of the church:
Fellowship- breaking of bread and fellowship.
Discipleship- apostles teaching and prayer.
Ministry- holding all things in common, selling and giving for the sake of members of the fellowship.
Missions- Wonders and signs done creating awe and wonder among unbelievers.
Worship- In the temple courts and house to house.
What are some creative ways the Holy Spirit has accomplished each of these purposes in your life?
What purpose is He challenging you towards growth in right now?
What must you do to grow in this purpose?