Acts 2:42 – Verse of the Day 6/11/13

This verse comes at the conclusion of the recounting of the pouring out of the Spirit on the Day of Pentecost. After thousands of people in Jerusalem were converted by the preaching of the Gospel they began to gather together to worship. Thus Acts 2:42-47 describes the primary elements of this gathered worship. In addition to teaching and fellowship, most scholars of the Bible see “the breaking of bread” as a reference to the celebration of the Lord’s Supper and “the prayers” as a reference to the corporate prayers that formed the liturgy of the early church.

The Bible’s picture of the Christian life always focuses just as much on the corporate body as the individual believer. Spend some time in prayer thanking God for the gift of fellowship of other believers. At the same time, pray also for the strength to persevere in that fellowship. Relationships with other sinners are frequently difficult, and yet as we struggle along together they are a wonderful gift. Ask the Lord for both a committed heart and a willingness to love and serve your fellow Christians.

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