The Fellowship of the Believers
42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” (v. 42)
Another great blessing we receive in attending our e-group meetings is the teaching of the Word of God, the Bible. Clearly, instruction in the Word is a major ministry of the early Church,
“they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teachings…”
Notice the term used by Dr. Luke to describe the kind of reception and importance the early disciples placed on the Word of God as represented by the “apostles’ teachings.” They reminded us of the Bereans who after hearing the apostle Paul preached to them the Gospel,
“received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.” (Acts 17: 11).
From this, we see a great eagerness to know and learn the Word of God and a strong determination to practice its teachings.
Our desire is to see everyone in ECMI and those attending our e-group to be equip in the Word not only in terms of knowledge but also in terms of their practical application.
But why be devoted to the Word of God?
Joshua as well as Psalmist had already given us the answer:
“Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.” (Psalm 1:1-3).
Therefore, it is no wonder that the discipline of Bible reading, study, and meditation is one of the most important of all the spiritual disciplines that we must instill or build in our system as believers. This is the goal of our e-group ministry – to help you to become “devoted to the apostles’ teachings.”
E-CONQUEST: Become and Empowered
Church growth will follow growth in the Word.