Lessons from the Early Church (pt 2)

I was hoping my last post would get more feedback from everyone.  The nice thing about having a blog is the immediate feedback you can recieve.  From time to time you readers have helped me to clarify (and sometimes even change something) in my own mind.  Blessings to you all this Friday.

3.  The essential hallmark ministries of the Church have not changed (v. 42ff) 

The early church devoted themselves to the following things:            

A. Teaching from the Word of God (v. 42).           

B.  Genuine Christian Fellowship (v. 42, vv. 44-47).           

C.  Various prayer sessions (v. 42).  The prayers.           

D.  Participating in the ordinances of Baptism and Communion (vv. 41-42).

E.  Outreach ministries (Acts 3:1ff; 5:42ff).

F.  Missions work (Acts 13:1-3; 14:27).  

4.  The true church consists only of genuinely redeemed sinners (v. 41, v. 47). 

Luke makes it clear that only those who responded to Peter’s message (in faith and repentance) were baptized and added to the church (v. 41).  In verse 47 only “those were being saved” were “added” to there number.  This portion of Scripture illustrates a very important truth:  Only genuine Christians truly belong to Christ’s Church. 

The Ethiopian eunuch confessed his faith in Jesus Christ as the Son of God, and Philip baptized him (Acts 8:30-38).  The jailor at Philippi he and all his household (were baptized)… and rejoiced greatly, having believed in God with his whole household(Acts 16:33-34). 

While Peter was preaching to Cornelius, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who were listening to the message.  Peter then inquired, “Surely no one can refuse the water for these to be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we did, can he?”  He then commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord (Acts 10:44-48).

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