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The Spirit in Community (Acts 2:42-47)

March 19, 2014

Reflecting on the Passage:
Here at East Point Church, we have begun a new sermon series entitled “Acts: The Spirit and the Church in the World“. This week’s sermon highlights the characteristics of the true church of Jesus Christ. Pastor Carter revives the spirit of the true church in our day by setting forth the spiritual disciplines of the early church. The focus of this sermon is on the early church’s devotion to learning, living, eating and praying together in community.

Learning to Together in Community

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And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching…And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles (Acts 2:42-43; ESV).”

The early church heard the Apostles’ teaching daily. They went to the temple to learn from the Apostles (i.e. the mouthpiece of God), then they spent time afterwards devoting themselves to fellowship with one another in each other’s homes. God did with the Apostles as He did with Jesus Christ attested of them with signs and wonders.

Living to Together in Community

…and the fellowship…And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need (Acts 2:42,44-45; ESV).”

Alongside Spirit-filled teaching followed Spirit-filled fellowship. The early church understood that God gathered them together in Christ. They knew Christ called His church to the intimacy of cooperating and sharing in the community for their good and God’s glory. They did not just give. The power of Holy Spirit gave them new passions and priorities reordered toward God and each other. Thus, they delightfully, joyously, and creatively found ways to give as needs arose.

Eating to Together in Community

…to the breaking of bread…And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people (Acts 2:42, 46-47; ESV).”

Jesus Christ was most often found eating (Matt. 11:19; Luke 7:34; John 2, 13). There is no surprise we see the church following our Lord. Food is a basic necessity of our body, thus, Christ meets even our most basic needs as both Lord and Savior. In fact, the people of God eat and drink their fill of Jesus Christ in the Old and New Testament (Ex. 24:11; Matt. 26:17-30; Mark 14:12-26; Luke 21:7-23; John 13). Our fellowship at communion is a time of fellowship and sharing with Christ (1 Cor. 10:16).

Praying to Together in Community

…and the prayers (Acts 2:42; ESV).”

After teaching, fellowship, and eating there was time given to prayer as a community. Learning sound doctrine leads to prayer. Bible teaching and study go along with prayer, they are inseparable.

What does a Spirit-filled Community Look Like?

The true church of the living Jesus Christ is a community of believers. Believers in Jesus Christ, that is, formed by the Holy Spirit with passions and priorities reordered toward God & each other. God has called us together and He expects us to be together.

What shapes your life? What are really your passions? The Spirit of God creates an appetite for the Word of God. Likewise, the most valuable resource available in the Church is people; and our most valuable resource as people is time. Generosity, as needs arise, is a distinctive mark of a Spirit-filled church.

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