Who Were They?
By Pat Kilpatrick
Most everyone is familiar with the story of the establishment of the Lordís church in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost recorded in Acts Chapter 2. Luke said so much about this early church with so few words in the latter part of this chapter. What do we learn about these people?
1. They were people who, when confronted with their sins, were contrite
(Verse 37). Fits in exactly with what Jesus said in Matthew 5:4.
2. They were people who, when they were told what they must to be saved,
gladly received the word and obeyed (Verses 38-41). They were the good
and honest hearts Jesus talked about in Luke 8:16.
3. They were baptized and then added by The Lord to the church (Verse 41).
Peter was preaching as the Lord had commissioned in Matthew 28:19-20.
4. They were saved (Verse 47). Saved just as Peter would teach in
I Peter 3:21.
5. They were devoted to the teaching of Apostles (Verse 42). Peter would
remind his readers of the importance of this in II Peter 3:2.
6. They continued in fellowship with one another (Verse 42). They had all
things in common, sharing so that none were in need. They were hospitable
to one another (Verses 44-46). Sounds like brotherly love
7. They assembled daily (Verse 46), praying (Verse 42) and praising God
8. They were united in the faith (Verse 46). Our Lord prayed that his people
would be united (John 17:19-21) and Paul pleaded with the Corinthians to be
of one mind and judgment (I Corinthians 1:10).
9. They conducted themselves in such a way that they gained the favor of all
people (Verse 47), being the light of the world as Jesus had taught
How do we measure up to the church in Acts Chapter 2?
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