It was exactly 20 years ago that I was captivated by the poignant words of Acts 2:42-47. In Acts 2 we get a glimpse of what was going on with the very early church. While there are many differences between our CBOQ churches today and what was happening then, the passage offers four ideas that can help us to evaluate whether our church is moving in right directions or whether we are experiencing mission drift.
Acts 2:42-47 The Fellowship of the Believers
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
QUESTION #1 – GATHERING TOGETHER
Do our gatherings reflect this description of the early church?
QUESTION #2 – WORSHIPPING TOGETHER
Do we love to worship the living God together?
QUESTION #3 – LEARNING TOGETHER
Do we devote ourselves to learning together?
QUESTION #4 – MISSION TOGETHER
Is the Lord entrusting new people to us?
“Where the church today finds itself stagnant, unattractive, humdrum and shrinking – and sadly, there are many churches, in the Western world at least, of which that has to be admitted – it’s time to read Acts 2:42-47 again, get down on our knees, and ask what isn’t happening that should be happening. The Gospel hasn’t changed. God’s power hasn’t diminished. People still need rescuing. What are we doing about it?”
–N. T. Wright, Acts for Everyone
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