We continued in Acts 2 this morning and considered the early church, who described themselves as the "ecclesia" or those whom God called out, called from death to life, from sin to wholeness. The Holy Spirit empowered this group and equipped them to spread the Gospel to the ends of the earth.
What kept their worship from getting old? Where did their staying power originate?
We often hone in on "the Lord's adding to their number," but that is noticeably the last thing that happened to the church in this passage and for good reason.
Breaking down these verses, we thought today about how the church "devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread..." Teaching is a given and thanks to our Sunday School teacher and pastor, we are in good hands. Celebrating communion is crucial to our corporate remembrance of Christ's sacrifice on our behalf and we come together monthly.
Devoting ourselves to our fellowship needs to be something each of us takes seriously. Fellowship is the glue that holds us together and we must all be steadfastly committed to friendship. Are you fully committed? Ask the Holy Spirit to strengthen our stick-to-itiveness, our steadfastness, our staying power!