Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Lesson 8

Acts 2:40-47

A Vital Church Grows

Let us go back to verses 38-39 to pick up where we left off. Peter is giving a sermon to those that at Jerusalem for Pentecost. Each of those that were in the upper room are now filled with the Holy Spirit and they are able to speak to those around them in their own languages so that they can hear the gospel message.

“Then Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.‘” He continues with the words of “Be saved from this perverse generations.

Let’s Take A Closer Look

1. How did the people receive Peter’s message? (41) They accepted it.

2. What did some people do after hearing the message? (41) The ones that were saved were baptized.

3. About how many people were added to the church that day? (41) About 3,000 people.

4. After they were added to the church what did they continue to do? (42)They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

5. What came upon all those that were new members of the church? (43)They were filled with awe at the miracles that the aopstles were performing.

6. What was done in verse forty-three? The apostles performed many wonders and signs.

7. Now that all who believed were together what did they do? (44) They were all of one accord and had all things in common.

8. What did they do daily? (46-47)They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people.

The Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved. How wonderful it would be if our churches today were more united together. I am not saying we have to sell everything we have and share and divide among others but it seems like they had sweet fellowship in the first church, maybe more so than we do today. We have fellowship today but in a different way.

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