Unified     Acts 2: 41-47 HCSB     March 20, 2016

Introduction

The title Unified has a very significant meaning to a church congregation.  Christians are supposed to be in love with the Lord and with one another.  The work of Christ and the movement of the Holy Spirit made a significant change in this group of people.  These people were together and people were getting saved and added

regularly to their number as the Lord was adding to their membership.

 

1.    Unified and . . Devoted.    2:41-42

A.   Devoted to the . . Message and being Baptized.   2:41

41 So those who accepted his message were baptized, and that day about 3,000 people were added to them.

 

B.    Devoted to the . . Membership and Fellowship.   2:42

42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching, to fellowship, to the breaking of bread,

and to prayers.

 

In the beginning on the day of Pentecost there were about 3,000 people added to their number.  Today churches do not have that kind of increase in one day so this day is unique.  It is difficult to imagine how the church would incorporate that many people at one time.  I am of the opinion that many of these new converts went to many different nations and started new Christian churches.  Most of the people who lived in Jerusalem got involved in the teachings and fellowship and prayer.  They discovered something new and very meaningful

to their lives as they became devoted to Christ and His church.  The were devoted to the doctrinal teachings

of the apostles.  What were these teachings?  They were the instructions that Jesus gave to them and that we pass on today.

 

2.    Unified and . . Together.   2:43-46

A.   Together with wonders and . . Signs and Everything in Common.   2:43-44

43 Then fear came over everyone, and many wonders and signs were being performed through the apostles.

44 Now all the believers were together and had everything in common.

 

B.    Together with . . Simplicity of Heart.    2:45-46

45 So they sold their possessions and property and distributed the proceeds to all, as anyone had a need.

46 And every day they devoted themselves to meeting together in the temple complex, and broke bread

from house to house. They ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart,

 

The believers were together and immediately concerned about the needs of one another. They learned about these needs as they ate meals together.   In this context they would learn that many of these converts having been Jews who lost their home, family life and maybe their jobs.  This is practiced in the church generally when someone in the church has a need. The church usually responds and tries to help meet the needs.  These new converts were eager to meet in the temple and from house to house.  Spiritual signs were performed through the apostles.  We are not told all they did but as we read on in this book we can guess what these signs were.  They were all trying to grow in Christ wether they were new believers or established believers.  All of us today need to grow and should seek that kind of fellowship.                                     

 

3.    Unified and . .  Growing.   2:47a

A.   Growing in . . Support of all the People.   2:47a

47 praising God and having favor with all the people.

 

B.    Growing in those being . . Saved.   2:47b

And every day the Lord added to them those who were being saved.   HCSB

 


The early church praised the Lord and sought to have favor with all the people.  This kind of fellowship is attractive to all believers and those who are not yet Christians.  When this is true, growth and strong fellowship follows.  The Lord is pleased with a church like this and can and does add to it.  However it is not helpful to add people to the church just because they are talented, popular, or wealthy?  Actually the church is a body of, saved and baptized believers.  It is not a spiritual blessing when a church is known by their wealth or influential people. The text gives a picture of a biblical church known by the proper kind of fellowship and evangelism that leads to salvation causing believers to be Unified in worship and service to their Lord.  Amen?  Amen!