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Lesson Two - Gather
Pastor Ryan Story

1. What is wrong with this statement: “I am going to church?”

When people do not understand why they are doing something, they tend not to know what to do after that. If you tell a teenager to wear a coat when it is cold outside, they might not understand why parents would ask such a ridiculous request. However, when they are waiting somewhere in the cold, or they get sick, the student might understand the why behind the reason. In this lesson we are going to look at what the early church did when they gathered together. There are nine activities that the early church did when they gathered together. When we understand why the early church did all nine of these things, we may know how we can be more active members of the body of Christ.

One of the clearest passages describing the gathering of the early church is found in Acts 2:42-47. It says, “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.”

Here are the nine observations.

They were devoted to teaching.

Verse 42 says, “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.”

2. What does it mean to be devoted to the apostles’ teaching?

3. Who was an apostle?

4. Do we do that during a weekend gathering?

John Calvin said, “Wherever we see the Word of God purely preached and heard, there a church of God exists, even if it swarms with many faults.”

They focused on fellowship.

Verse 42 says, “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.”

5. What is fellowship?

6. Why is fellowship critical to a gathering?

7. Do we do that during a weekend gathering?

They regularly experienced the breaking of bread.

Verse 42 says, “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.”

Verse 46 adds, “And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts.”

8. What does “breaking of bread” mean?

9. Why is communion important?

They were praying.

Verse 42 says, “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.”

10. Why do we pray?

11. Do you pray before you come to a weekend gathering?

There was a sense of expectation.

Verse43 says, “And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles.”

12. When was the last time “awe” came over you during a gathering?

13. What were the “wonders and signs” that were being done?

14. Do we see God doing things at a weekend gathering?

They had all things in common.

Verses 44-45 say, “And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need.”

15. What does it mean that all the church had all things in common?

16. Why is unity important?

17. Do we have all things in common at The River Church?

They had an element of being “sold out.”

Verses 44-45 say, “And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need.”

18. Why did the early church give away their possessions?

19. Why is giving an essential thing for the church to do?

20. Do we do that at The River Church? Do you?

They were regularly together.

Verse 46 adds, “And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts.”

21. Is it important to worship God with a group?

22. Is it possible to “be a Christian” and walk alone?

Gene Getz said, “Though true Christianity uniquely involves a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, it is also a corporate experience‚ĶChristians cannot grow spiritually as they ought to in isolation from one another.”

They would send out servants.

Verse 47 says, “Praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.”

Why did God add to the early church’s numbers “day by day?”

How can we make gatherings purposeful each weekend?



D.L. Moody said, “Church attendance is as vital to a disciple as a transfusion of rich, healthy blood to a sick man.”

R.C. Sproul added, “There are those, particularly in our day, who are so disenchanted with the visible church that they steadfastly refuse to join any local church. Such a posture is misguided and involves overt disobedience to the commands of Christ. Though it is possible for a believer to be confused about this for a season, someone who persists in such a posture is, in all probability, not a believer. It is the duty of every Christian to join a visible church.”



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