Wednesday, June 4
Posted: Wednesday, June 4
2 Samuel 22:1-23:23
Verse of the day:
All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer. (Acts 2:42)
When the church began on the day of Pentecost, it started in unity. The disciples, along with the new converts, may not have known everything about what the church was supposed to be and how it would grow into a world wide movement. However, they knew four simple things:
- They needed to know and understand the teachings of Jesus. So they made sure that they regularly got together to hear the apostles, these men that had walked and talked with Jesus, to hear what Jesus had taught them. Because this movement was new, they were hungry to know all that Jesus taught about living and loving others.
- They knew that they needed each other. The Christian life was never meant to be a life of isolation. We are called to be separated from the world and separated unto each other. We need to spend time with other believers; it is what sharpens us, hones us, and helps us to practice the truths that we have learned in our teaching times.
- They knew that the best way to fellowship was with food. They decided early on that the church would be about meeting men’s practical needs first. It is hard to hear the gospel when your belly is empty. And what better way to conclude a meal than with a time of communion and contemplation about our life and relationship with God, in the company of our fellow believers. There is something about eating and fellowshipping together.
- They knew that they could not last without prayer. This church that God was building was not something made by human hands. They knew for it to last it would have to be built on the daily foundation of prayer. Prayer in the upper room is what birthed this movement and prayer would be the sustaining force behind its continued growth and impact.
Just like the early church, weekly biblical teaching, regular fellowship, small group meals, and sessions of prayer are just the balanced diet that each of us as Christians need, even after 2000 years. Make it your goal this week to make each one of these a part of your worship and spiritual life.
Pastor Shawn Follis // Student Ministries Pastor