There's An App for That: How Do I Get Connected? | Acts 2:42
They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
How Do I Get Connected? Find a healthy church.
Our passage today paints the earliest picture of the church. Let’s see what these brand new Christians and brand new church were up to:
Teaching: The new Christians “devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching.” The spiritual life must start with learning the truth in order to apply the truth.
Fellowship: “As iron sharpens iron so one man sharpens another” (Proverbs 27:17). Like porcupines huddled together for warmth, the new believers needed each other even though they needled each other (some humor in case you missed it).
Breaking of Bread: The new believers celebrated communion regularly. The bread and the cup was a needed reminder of the price Jesus paid for our sins. It still is.
Prayer: Praying with and for each other was an essential ingredient of life together for these new believers. They communicated with the Father individually and corporately.
Some things never go out of style. These community components certainly don’t. I believe these are the essentials for every viable New Testament church. The church may well be doing other things, but doctrine, fellowship, communion, and prayer must be the foundation upon which everything else is built.
Father, thank you for your body—the Church. May we be a part of a growing healthy church and may our lives contribute to the growth and health. In Jesus’ name. Amen.