Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Tuesday Family Devotion - The Early Church and God's Word

Scripture Reading - Acts 2:42-47

They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. 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, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

Thought of the Day
In this passage, we are given a glimpse of how the early church lived. They had witnessed the Word of God firsthand in Jesus and Pentecost. It brought them together as a people. They lived together and shared with one another. (Imagine living with the whole church!) They learned together and ate together. Though all Christians cannot live in the same house, we can use God’s word and the disciples as an example for us. We should treat all Christians as our family and work with them to improve the world.

Discussion questions
1. What are some of the important things that the passage tells us the disciples did together?

2. How can we help make our church like the early church?

3. Extra credit: Invite another church family over for dinner to talk about what you’ve learned.

Dear Jesus,
Help make our church more like the early church. Help us to recognize the family that our church can be. Lead us in making the church faithful to your Word. AMEN.

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