It is the focus of our fellowship to develop the characteristics and traits of the early church. In order to do this we first must decide what the early church was. God gave us a blueprint for this in the book of Acts, specifically in Acts chapter 2 verses 42 through 47. This has become our mantra for the development of our fellowship.
The Fellowship of the Believers
42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. 43 And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. 44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common; 45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. 46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, 47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved. Acts 2:42-47 KJV
Devoted to the Apostles’ Doctrine
They were a Scripture-focused church – the Apostles’ doctrine – This protected them from being led astray into the myriad of false teachings that existed in the early church. When the body of Christ gathers, the Apostles’ doctrine (New Testament teachings) should be the truth that is studied. This may seem obvious, yet a survey of the Church today will tell you that this isn’t. All claim to teach from the Bible, yet very few will teach through the Bible.
Devoted to the Fellowship
Fellowship, in its most basic form means to share together. In the context of the Bible it speaks of sharing together the mutual relationship of Jesus Christ with other believers. True fellowship can only happen when two or more parties have something to share about Jesus. At times, that which we call fellowship is in reality nothing more than good, clean socializing. In other words, simply because a group of believers are together it doesn’t mean that their interaction with each other will be Christ governed and centered.
There are very few things sweeter and more beneficial to a relationship with Christ than interacting with the family of God about the things of God on a personal level.
Devoted to the Breaking of Bread
This simply is the practice of keeping the cross of Jesus in focus. When we lose sight of the cross, all things will become blurred and out of focus, but when the cross is in clear sight, our lives are blessed with clarity and
focus. Jesus told His disciples to remember His death when they came together in the communion service.
Devoted to Prayers
Prayer is talking to God and laying our requests before Him. Prayer is the means by which the Lord has made it possible for us to confront the kingdom of darkness in His strength. We are no match for the enemy or his tactics. If we seek to take on the Devil on a fleshly level, we will always lose. However, when we come to the Lord for these same issues, we enter into a spiritual battle that the Lord will fight for us.
May the Lord help us to be the church He has called us to be.