The Early Church – Acts 2:42-47; 4:32-37Written by admin on Feb 04, 2018 in - No Comments
Abby looks at the way the Book of Acts describes the earliest followers of Jesus (The Early Church). She takes care to walk us through the description, “they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”
Sermon Discussion Questions
- According to Luke, the author of Acts, the early Christians devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching. In her sermon, Abby pointed out that devotion to the Word can look different for different people or at different times in our lives (for example, we may take an approach of study, of contemplation, of discussion, of journaling, or even art). What does devotion to the apostles’ teaching look like for you, and how has it changed or evolved over time?
- Fellowship (koinonia) is more than community: it is the shared experience of being in Christ. Where and when have you experienced community, & where and when have you experienced fellowship? Has participating in fellowship required you to relate to people across social difference? Has that been easy or difficult?
- Breaking bread together in various homes was a hallmark of the early Christians, who “ate together with glad and sincere hearts.” Think about the role that hospitality and shared meals has played in your experience of fellowship and faith. Would you be the poorer for not having shared in hospitality and meals with other believers? Do you think that eating together is an important expression of Christian faith? Why or why not?
- Luke writes of the early Christians, “No one claimed any of their possessions was their own.” In her sermon, Abby shared the story of someone in her life who exemplifies this attitude. Have you ever met someone who exemplifies this attitude? How has your relationship with your possessions changed over time?
- Looking back over the passages, what particular word or phrase stands out to you? How might the Holy Spirit be speaking to you through that word or phrase?