PRAISE AND POWER                          THE CHRISTIAN BASICS                            July 11, 2018

We find the Christian basics listed in Acts. On the day of Pentecost, which followed the ascension of Jesus Christ, believers were first born again and received the new birth gift of holy spirit. Jesus had been with his disciples and had instructed them about many things. On that day they spoke in tongues. Also, other things which they did following that Pentecost, is a direct reflection of instructions which they received. Acts 2:41: “Then they that gladly received his word [Peter’s words in Acts 2:14 – 40] were baptized: [not with water because of Acts 1:5: “For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit (meaning the gift of holy spirit) …”]: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.” About three thousand became Christians that day. Now, let’s look at what they did.

Acts 2:42 tells us what those early Christians did: “And they continued stedfastly in the apostles doctrine [what they were teaching] and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.” They stayed steadfastly or faithfully in the teaching of the apostles, which was the Word of God. The Christians fellowshipped together and shared fully with each other. In addition, the early Christians ate together and prayed together. Jesus Christ had instructed them at the last supper: “For as often as ye eat this bread and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord’s death until he come.” (I Corinthians 11:26) So part of their eating together included the remembrance of the broken body and shed blood of Jesus Christ. We know from other records, that his body was broken for healing and his blood for the remission of sins.

Let’s continue on to verses 43 – 45: “And fear [reverence] came upon every soul; and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles, and all that believed were together, and had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.” It says “possessions and goods” because these were pluralities. The believers were reverent, the apostles manifested miracles; and the Christians shared together among themselves according to the needs of all. What a wonderful fellowship. This is how they lived.

Verses 46, 47 tell us more: “And they, continuing daily with one accord [unity of purpose] in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart [undivided loyality], Praising God, and having favor with all the people [Christian believers]. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved [those that were being saved].” They witnessed daily and new believers were added daily. Those who were saved were baptized with holy spirit. They fellowshipped among themselves in their homes and shared with unity of purpose and undivided loyality. The early Church manifested holy spirit. They were reverent, steadfast in the teaching of God’s Word, faithful in daily witnessing and fellowship, many signs and wonders were evident, they ate together and prayed together, and shared of their material things. These are the basic activities of the first century Christian Church and the Lord added to the Church daily those who were being saved.  

******************************************************************************************************************************* “PRAISE AND POWER” is an independent ministry, continued in honor of Milford and Betty Bowen by Earl and Nancy Burton. Our prayer is as theirs was that you will be edified as you apply the principles of God’s Word in a practical way in your life. You may contact us : PO Box 473, Earlysville, VA 22936 or by email:  071118 ENB



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