In week one we looked at what God intended family to look like from the very beginning, and week two we saw how sin introduced brokenness into families. God chose the spiritual family, what we call the family of God, to come around the nuclear family to support, encourage, and restore the family back to what He originally intended. How involved are you with your spiritual family?
41Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day. 42They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. Acts 2:41-47
Share with the group why you began attending Fellowship.
Read Acts 2:41-47. Can you imagine the addition of 3,000 new believers to Fellowship in one day? How would that make you feel?
What were the four main activities of the first church listed in verse 42?
How “devoted” are you to these activities? Do you believe you make them a high enough priority in your life and in the life of your family? Why or why not?
Read the following passages: Acts 2:44, 5:12, 12:12, 14:27, 15:30, 20:7. What is the common thread throughout these verses?
How do you define “fellowship”?
Why do you think these believers exhibited the extraordinary sense of generosity seen in verse 45?
What do you think holds most Christians back from living in community like the believers of the first century?
Read Deuteronomy 31:8 and Joshua 1:9. God made a promise to the Israelites in the Old Testament that we can claim today (Matthew 28:20). What is that promise? On Sunday, Pastor Joe shared that God continues to fulfill that promise through two entities. What are they? (See John 14:15-17 and Romans 12:4-5.)
For the next five days, read through the verses listed, and reflect on the question for that day. Ask the Spirit to show you any area in which you need to grow.
- Day 1 | Acts 2:42 | If someone were to look at how you live, what would they say you were devoted to?
- Day 2 | Acts 2:43 | When was the last time you were filled with awe?
- Day 3 | Acts 2:44-45 | Do you share with others out of a generous heart? How has God grown your faith as you’ve given generously?
- Day 4 | Acts 2:46 | Do you make it a priority to be at church on Sundays? How often do you eat a meal with someone who is not part of your family?
- Day 5 | Acts 2:47 | What can you do today to show gratitude to God for all He has done for you?
FOR FURTHER STUDY
The Bible has much to say about how believers in community are to treat one another. Look up the passages below and list what you learn about biblical community.
- John 13:34
- Romans 12:10-16
- Romans 14:13
- Romans 15:7
- 1 Corinthians 1:10
- Galatians 5:26
- Galatians 6:2
- Ephesians 4:25-32
- Philippians 2:3-5
- Colossians 3:13-16
- 1 Thessalonians 5:11
- James 4:11
- James 5:9
- James 5:16
- 1 Peter 3:8
- 1 Peter 4:9
How will you begin or continue to incorporate these attributes in your life?