Read: “All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who 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.” Acts 2:44-47 (NIV)
Reflect: The first disciples of the Christian church modeled “together”. Jesus spent time teaching and guiding his disciples. He was preparing them for the Great Commission. This was Jesus’ commandment to his disciples to spread the teachings of Jesus to all the nations. It would not be easy. There would be doubt, persecution, and even death while spreading the gospel. But they learned together and gained faith and confidence in each other’s presence.
The first Christian church in Antioch set the foundation for how we do church today. The believers prayed, tithed, ministered to others, and worshipped together. They sent missionaries out into the world to grow the Christian church. Early Christians brought non-believers to church, as a result the church grew. New churches were planted. This created a ripple effect around the world that impacts us today.
The model for the first church is the foundation for how we do things at Eastlake Church. At Eastlake Church we see people worshipping together weekly, meeting in growth groups, praying, reaching out to the local community, and sending missionaries out into the world, just as the first church did.
React: See yourself as part of Jesus’ Great Commission. Be a part of the ripple effect. Belong and participate together with other Christ followers.
Pray: Lord, I want to belong to something bigger than me. I believe together we can make a difference in the community and world.