THIS WEEK’S MYTH: “I CAN BE OK WITHOUT THE CHURCH.” IS THIS TRUE?
Acts 2:36–47 36“Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.” 37When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” 38Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.” 40With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” 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.
KEY PHRASES IN THIS TEXT
NOTICE THE PHYSICAL PLACES THEY MET: TEMPLE COURTS AND HOMES.
NOTICE WHEN THEY MET: DAILY.
Acts 20:7–11 7On the first day of the week we came together to break bread. Paul spoke to the people and, because he intended to leave the next day, kept on talking until midnight. 8There were many lamps in the upstairs room where we were meeting. 9Seated in a window was a young man named Eutychus, who was sinking into a deep sleep as Paul talked on and on. When he was sound asleep, he fell to the ground from the third story and was picked up dead. 10Paul went down, threw himself on the young man and put his arms around him. “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “He’s alive!” 11Then he went upstairs again and broke bread and ate. After talking until daylight, he left.
1 Corinthians 16:1–2 Hebrews 3:12–13 Acts 2:42-47
EVEN BACK THEN, SOME PEOPLE WANTED JESUS WITHOUT THE COMMUNITY OF BELIEVERS (THE CHURCH).
Hebrews 10:23–25 23Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Romans 12:4–6 1 Corinthians 12:12–21
SEE HOW IT ALL FIT TOGETHER.
NOTICE THE EFFECT ALIGNMENT HAD ON THE CHURCH AND THE WORLD:
ARE YOU DEVOTED?
QUESTIONS TO DISCUSS IN LIFE GROUPS OR WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS
Myth to bust: I can still be good with God without the church.
Passages to consider: Acts 2:42-47; Romans 12; Hebrews 10:19-25; or select one from the sermon.
How did the thoughts and steps from last week’s discussion/sermon impact your week?
From this week’s sermon, what was meaningful to you?
Read through Acts 2:42-47 a couple of times. A) What do you see is significant in how the people interacted as the church Jesus left? Observe all you can. Share what stands out to you.
What has been your experience with being devoted to the teaching of God and being devoted to relationships with fellow believers? A) How are both significant in following Jesus? B) What’s it like when one is missing?
What helps you press into biblical relationships? A) What helps you seek and align to God’s truth? B) What can get in the way of either one of those?
What is your action step and response to what God is showing you?