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Wed. Jul. 17, 2013 12:57 Age: 4 yrs

Category: WTTB Reflections, Spiritual Life
By: Bill Fyview

WTTB Devotional With Pastor Bill - Acts 2:42-47

As I read through the readings for this week I felt lead to comment on this selection of verses with thoughts on our church and our people. Looking at the text we see a straight forward plan of the church. Acts 2:42-47 (English Standard Version)

42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 And awe 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.

Four points jump out at the reader: Teaching, Fellowship, Breaking of Bread and Prayer. The new testament church was young. The believers were serious about their new found faith and the direction in which they are going. Earlier in the chapter we read that the Holy Spirit had come/fallen on the day of Pentecost. Those around them were amazed with what was happening.

Apostles’ Teaching. No doubt the content was the gospel and the saving work of Jesus. There was teaching on the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies as seen in Acts 2: 16-21 as Peter describes what has just taken place as the realization of what the prophet Joel had spoken. The messages would tell of Jesus being rejected, crucified, buried and raised from the dead.

Fellowship. This fellowship is joint participation...sharing in common. As being “one in Christ” we are to share in the sufferings of Christ, share in the ministry, share in the contributing to the saints, to widows and orphans, and hospitality...partaking of meals together. The word which best describes this fellowship is Koinonia, defined by Wikipedia “The essential meaning of the koinonia embraces community, communion, joint participation, sharing and intimacy. Koinonia can therefore refer in some contexts to a jointly contributed gift.”

Breaking of Bread. Where we often see this as communion, many biblical references tell of sitting down and eating together. Acts 7:7,11; Ex. 24:9-11; Ps. 23: 4-6. Lots happen when we eat together. We get to know others as we never get to know them in church. The Alpha program makes this a part of their evening. As we eat together we learn of the needs, desires and even spiritual condition of those we meet with. I feel this goes to a deeper level in our homes rather in our favourite coffee shop.

Prayer. The Bible has so much to say about prayer. Lk 22:40; Jas. 5:13; lTh. 5:17 These only highlight a few. Prayer is powerful and effective. Prayer is work but gets to the heart of the matter.

How does our church rate with these of the early church? How do we as members of this church rate? Let us look inward and outward and to God for guidance in these matters.

Pastor Bill Fyvie




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