The Word

The Daily Church (Acts 2:42-47)

As the Holy Spirit empowered the disciples, the early church was born.  This body of believers met together daily and saw God do amazing acts in their midst.

CONTEXT

  • Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection changed everything.
  • As Jesus commissioned the disciples in his heavenly ascent, he told them to wait for the gift of the Holy Spirit.
  • On the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came and gave the gifts of tongues so that all people could hear the gospel.
  • On that day, 3,000 people were baptized and the Church was born.

CONTENT

  • Orthodoxy [Right Doctrine] – They daily devoted to:
    • Study – You will not discover the heart of God apart from the Word of God.
    • Fellowship – Discipleship is often caught more than taught.
    • Remember – The most effective Christians are the ones who haven’t gotten over what Jesus did on the cross.
    • Pray – Prayer reminds us that the power is not in our efforts but in our God.
  • Orthopraxy [Right Duty] – They daily lived to:
    • Expect – Jesus has not lost his abilities or retired from his activities that are described in the Bible.
    • Share – If my treasures are in heaven, I don’t mind meeting needs by ridding myself of the things of this world.
    • Befriend – A commitment to the local church is a commitment to be intentionally relational.
    • Welcome – In addition to inviting people into the buildings of our church, we must invite people into the homes of our church.
    • Appreciate – Be glad for what you have and generous with what you have.
  • Orthopathy [Right Delight] – They daily sought to:
    • Praise – God’s favorite worship style is a lifestyle.
    • Exemplify – Living a holy life means that others should favorably notice your uniqueness.
    • Evangelize – God uses His Church to share the gospel and watch Him convert people on a daily basis.

CONCEPT

  • How are you daily devoting yourself to right doctrine?
  • How are you daily displaying right duty?
  • How are you daily deepening right delight?

Travis Agnew is married to Amanda and the father of two sons and one daughter. He serves as the Senior Pastor of Rocky Creek Baptist Church in Greenville, SC. His most recent book is What God Has Joined Together.