Ever thought about why we go to Church? Perhaps to understand when we are to meet, we first need to know why we meet!
Thirsting for the Word
“Then those who gladly received his word…” These sinners, upon conviction, GLADLY received and believed the Word of God. How often do we gather to receive the Word of God? The trend today is to reduce the number of meetings to hear the Word of God. It appears to me that less gatherings fuel the desire to not come together. How hungry are we for the Word of God? They were really hungry for it!
Taking a stand
“they…were baptised…” They tell us that in many parts of the world you can say you believe in Jesus and most people won’t bother you. But as soon as you are baptised, your family disowns you, you could lose your job and you are rejected by society. Being baptised shows you were serious about believing in Jesus Christ and being with Him.
“And they continued steadfastly in… doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.” These new, untaught believers consistently made it a point to get together. They persevered and were diligent about choosing to get together, ALL the time. How diligent are we about being with the Church? Do we go out of our way just because we love God’s people? They, without being taught it, obeyed Hebrews 10:24-“And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:”
They were taught
They came to be taught doctrine and to learn what God says in His Word about all matters. Do you want to know what God says about all matters of life? They LOVED being taught God’s Word and couldn’t get enough of it!
They had fellowship
They came to fellowship together. Just to be with one another because the world hated them. Do you like getting together with other believers or do you prefer the presence of unbelievers? Maybe we need a little persecution to get us to WANT to be together in fellowship. Then we can learn to love one another and be encouraged!
I watch professing Christian parents who get their kids together more with their extended family and unbelievers than with their Christian brothers and sisters. You try to teach, exhort, pray, and encourage but there has to be a heart that is desirous to be with the believers in their local Church! When was the last time we encouraged someone by just being there because you wanted to be with the believers?
They came to “Break Bread”. What in the world is that? See 1 Corinthians 11:23-26. It is a command “THIS DO in remembrance of me” and He repeated it twice! It is always a good thing to heed the Lord’s words when He repeats things! The Lord Jesus told the Apostle Paul to DO IT and to teach others to DO IT, by delivering this message to the believers!
They came together to pray! When was the last time we came together to pray with the believers? These folks were PERSECUTED for just being a believer in Jesus. They needed prayer to live life. They prayed for one another and their various needs, sicknesses, and problems.
They prayed for one another’s spiritual struggles. They prayed for their unbelieving family and friends and for boldness to witness to them. Acts 4:31- “And when they had prayed… they spoke the word of God with boldness”.
The presence of the Lord
We have a promise that EVERY time we come together, Jesus will be there with us! God will be here! Matthew 18:20 “For where 2 or 3 are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” What a promise!! God really does want to be with us.
That has always been His great desire! Psalms 50:5 says “Gather my saints together unto me…” and Genesis 3:8 says “and the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where are you?” Is God, in love, calling out to me when I miss a meeting, “Where are you?”