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07/08/2011

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If You Build It Right - They Will Come


"They devoted themselves to the apostles teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.........All the believers were together and had everything in common" (Acts 2:42 & 45).

Now that the church has begun there in Jerusalem, what is next on the docket? Today's verses let us know exactly that...They knew that something special had taken place and they were going to make the very best of it. As we take a look at verses 42 through 47, we know what became most important to them. First, since they were all of the same belief, they had a desire to be together in fellowship. In this fellowship they don't seem to be able to get enough of the apostles teachings. They were involved in the "breaking of bread." Now this might mean that they ate together, but I think it means that they observed the Lord's Supper or Communion. They had seen many wonders and miraculous signs done by the apostles and it says that everyone was filled with awe. I wonder if we have that same awe today when we fellowship together and break bread....When they met together in various homes we are told that they did so with glad and sincere hearts as they praised the Lord and enjoyed the favor of all the people... I am afraid that in the church today that we have lost some of the enthusiasm that those first century Christians engendered in their being together. They even saw to it that no one would go hungry or without the necessities of life. Those that could began selling their possessions and goods and they gave to anyone as he had need...The first church really had their act together and set the bar for us in how our churches today should conduct themselves. Perhaps when we just don't think that all is well in our fellowship today, we ought to revisit that church in Jerusalem and get back to the basics. There is one more thing I must mention...As a result of all that was going on there...."The Lord added to their numbers daily those who were being saved" (V 47). If you build it right, they will come....

Have a great day....Think of how blessed you are... Love mark Phil.4:11

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