We began our 4 week series on “Together: Understanding What Church Really Is.” This past Sunday we focused in on the first characteristic the church had immediately after the Holy Spirit is poured out on believers. Church is not just a highly produced Sunday gathering, but a group of people who are called to be together for the purpose of mission. The power and presence of the Holy Spirit produced a deep and profound sense of love and devotion of Jesus and toward one another. Here are the notes from this past Sunday in case you missed! We hope to see you next Sunday as we continue our series. We will be focusing on the Bible and the message of Christianity.

Acts 2:40-42

With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day. They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. “

The message Peter preached is backed up with Divine power and results.

The main ingredient in the life of the Church is not persuasive preaching, great marketing or production value. It’s the presence and power of the Holy Spirit.

The results of Holy Spirit empowered preaching was such that a large multitude of people DEVOTED THEMSELVES.

The word for Devoted is “Proskartereo” which is translated as “continued steadfast, continue all the time in a place or to persevere and not faint”

“give constant attention to” or “occupying oneself diligently with something”

Big Idea: We cannot give up on meeting together.
Hebrews 10:25 “…not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the day drawing near.”

We should not dare forsake the assembling of ourselves together.

  1. Meeting together regularly provides encouragement, instruction and identificationEarly church met together under a context of persecution. In such a setting, you could imagine the need for daily or weekly encouragement.

Greek word for encouragement means to “come alongside”. Battery jump illustration. Car comes along side and jumps your weakened battery.

  1. meeting together provides a place to use our gifts, talents and participate“What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the church may be built up.” – 1 Cor. 14:26
  2. meeting together gives us a relational context for us to grow in discipleship and character

Character is not tested or built in isolation. We must rub shoulders with people to smooth out our rough edges. Interact with different personalities. Get to know believers who are more mature and seasoned than we are.

Discipleship is being a humble student. Both of Jesus and someone else! Your brothers and sisters are Jesus with skin on to you.

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