I am excited to offer you a video Bible study of the Book of Acts, and I invite you to watch the video of “Being the Church” on Youtube OR Vimeo . . . for Vimeo, see the link in the Blogroll in the right column on my blog screen. Just as with my sermons, I’ll post notes to accompany each Bible study video.
Session 5 was the “before and after” — The frightened Peter, the bull-headed Peter, now reasoning in the Scriptures, what that means, why he can. Repentance, the gospel, the kerygma —
- The prophecies of the Messiah, the Christ, are fulfilled in Jesus: His Davidic descent, His ministry, His death and His resurrection
2. Jesus has been exalted to the right hand of the Father
3. The Holy Spirit is the sign of Christ’s present power and glory
4. Christ will return to judge
5. Therefore, repent!
NOW Session 6 — Acts 2:42-47
A picture of the church —
v. 42 Steadfastly continuing in:
— The apostles’ teaching (not just anybody’s, for false teachers quickly appeared on the scene). But they clung to what the Apostles taught.
— Fellowship (koinonia), per 1John 1:3-4 —
1John 1:3 what we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ. 4 These things we write, so that our joy may be made complete.
This is fellowship with the Father and the Son, not potlucks, beloved. As they gathered, all filled with the Holy Spirit, the Father and the Son and the believers fellowshipped TOGETHER. They supped with one another (see Revelation 3:20).
— The breaking of bread, that is, the Lord’s Supper/Communion. Why doesn’t that mean taking meals together? Because Verse 46 says they took meals together AND broke bread. So breaking bread means the Lord’s Supper.
— Prayer without ceasing (1Thessalonians 5:17), God in them! O Father, let your kingdom come! Do in others what you have done in us, so it may be so!
Verse 43 — Fear (reverential awe of God and what He had done) was occurring in every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done by the Apostles (later, we will see that other Spirit-filled Christians also performed signs and wonders)!
Verse 44 — All who believed were TOGETHER, all things in common because they were of the same Holy Spirit, and the Spirit gave them unity of nature with God, just as Jesus prayed in John 17:21-23! They became partakers of the divine nature (2Peter 1:4)!
Verse 45 — They sold excess property and possessions, sharing the proceeds with others (see Acts 4:34-37).
Verse 46 — Every day they continued to teach in the Temple, the mind of Christ in them (1Corinthians 2:16), unanimous (Philippians 2:7-8), and taking the Lord’s Supper as well as meals together, from one Spirit-filled believer’s house to another’s house. And they did it with gladness (joy unspeakable and full of glory, per 1Peter 1:8) and sincerity of heart (see 1Corinthians 11:23-30)!
v. 47 They praised God continually, and had favor with all the people, but not Jewish leaders (see 4:3)! And their number was added to, day by day!
How does this compare with your idea of church? Are you of the same nature as Christ? Are you able to gather with others and fellowship with the Father and the Son in a holy intimacy, so that you are able to sit at the table and sup with Jesus, and He with you? Or do you just get together to eat food and chitchat? Oh, beloved, be baptized in the Holy Spirit, as He lovingly commands!