What is a blessed church?
Brother Pablo Molina
Acts 2:42-47 (ESV)
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.
Every sincere believer wants to belong to a blessed church. Some look for a church that is of their liking. Others look for a church that is well liked by the community. Still others desire to find the church that is backed by the Bible.
In the book of Acts 2:42-47 we find a church that was devoted to:
1) The apostles’ teaching
2) Fellowship – a close interrelationship to one another
Devoted means: intensity and continuity.
They did not allow anything to interfere with this. They had a holy mentality. They were devoted to listening to the teaching from the apostles. They had a teachable spirit. The record found in Acts 2 shows a church that exploded in size.
On one occasion Jesus appeared to 500 in one place (after his resurrection). He told the disciples they would do even greater things than he did. (John 12:12)
Acts 2:5, three thousand responded to Peter’s speech.
They devoted themselves to fellowship. Fellowship is the community that emerges from teaching the Word. They had a joyful hospitality.
They broke bread together in their homes and when the meal was finished they would clear the table and then they broke bread (1 Cor.11:23-24).
They devoted themselves to praying.