The Early Church


The Early Church – Acts 2: 42-47

It was a church of Fellowship. It had what someone has called the great quality of togetherness.

It was a praying church. These early Christians knew that they could not meet life in their own strength and that they did not need to do so. They always spoke to God before they spoke with men; they always went into God before they went out to the world; they could meet the problems of life because they had first met God.

It was a church where things happened. Signs and wonders were there. If we expect great things from God and attempt great things for God, things will happen. When faith dies achievements dies. More things would happen if we believe that God and we together can make them happen.

It it was a sharing church. These early Christians had an intense feeling of responsibility for each other. A real Christian could not bear to have too much when others have too little.

It was a worshipping church. They never forgot to visit God’s house. We must remember that God knows nothing of solitary religion. Things can happen when we come together. The Spirit of God moves upon God’s worshipping people.

It was a happy church. Gladness was there. A gloomy Christian is a contradiction in terms. The joy of the Christian is not necessarily a boisterous thing; but deep in the heart of the Christian person there is the joy that no man taketh from us.

It was a church for people whom others could not help liking. There are two Greek words for good. The one is agathos which simply describes a thing as good. The other is kalos which means that the thing is not only good but looks good; that it has a winsome attractiveness about it. Real Christianity is a lovely thing. There are so many people who are good but in them there is a streak of unlovely hardness. You could never go and weep your heart out on their shoulders. They’re what someone has called iceberg Christians. In the early church there was a winsomeness on God’s people.

From William Barclay Study Bible, Acts of the Apostles.


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