Summary: Learning how to be the church in today's world through learning from the book of Acts.

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[Basket experiment: slips of paper, Describe yourself, good and bad, no names.]

Basically, [2] this is our church. Who we are as people is who we are as a church. The church isn’t just a name or a building or even a worship service. The church is God’s people together trying to accomplish His will on earth. We the people are we the church.

The good things and the bad things that make us who we are as individuals also make our church who she is corporately. So who is our church? Well let’s find out.

[Pretend to read slips: faithful, prayer warrior, shy, hungry,

likes to steal the pens out of the welcome folders, etc.]

Who we are as individuals also make our church who she is corporately. So what I want to do this morning is take a look at who the first church was and see how we match up. [3] Let’s go to Acts 2 and take a look at the first church ever. The first church began right after Peter preached to the crowds that had gathered there in Jerusalem.

[Read Acts 2:40-47.]

It’s as if Luke is giving us a bottom line biography of what the first church was like. We see a church that was a pure, vibrant and effective organization of people that were committed to Jesus Christ. But just like our church and any church, they were together as they were individually. So as we take a closer look at the first church, may it draw attention to who you are as an individual. Forget our church for a moment and let’s focus on ourselves.

The first thing we notice about the people in the first church was that they were [4] devoted people.

[Read Acts 2:42.]

Four things typified their devotion. They were devoted to the Apostles teaching, to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. These are the four things that kept the people focused on Jesus Christ and His will for them. This is what held that church together!

They were devoted to the Apostles teaching or the Word of God. They had come to know God in a personal way and they wanted to know as much as they could about Him. They weren’t going to create God in their image. They wanted to find out the Truth!

They were devoted to fellowship or each other. The Greek word used for fellowship here is “koinonia” which means “partnership”. It wasn’t that they just enjoyed hanging out together, they were committed to helping and partnering through life together as brothers and sisters in Christ.

They were devoted to the breaking of bread or worship. The breaking of bread refers to the practicing of the Lord’s Supper or communion as we call it. That shows us that they deliberately came together for times of worship.

They were devoted to prayer. You know, prayer is where we access the power of God. Prayer is where we access the heart of God. Prayer is where we access answers from God. These people didn’t just prayer when needs arose. These people were continually devoted to prayer.

The first church was made up of devoted people. People devoted to God’s Word; People devoted to each other; people devoted to worship; And people devoted to prayer.

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