Back to School: Join a Team - Day 1

Opening Prayer:  

 Lord Jesus, as we study your Word, make us ever aware of your presence in our lives. Thank you for the opportunities you place before us to share and be generous in your love.  Amen. 

Read: Acts 2:42 (NKJV)

“And they continued steadfastly in the Apostle’s doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers”. 

Reflect:

This first detailed description of the early Christians is wonderfully revealing. The followers of Jesus literally devoted themselves to communication and unity with God and with each other. In relationship to God, they "continued steadfastly" in the apostle’s doctrine (or the Word of God) and in prayer. In relationship to one another, they devoted themselves to fellowship and to breaking bread. The Greek word for fellowship (Koinonia: pronounced koy-nohn-ee-ah) means sharing, unity, close association, partnership, participation, contributory help, the brotherhood. It is a unity brought about by the Holy Spirit. Individuals share in common an intimate bond of fellowship with the rest of the Christian society. Koinonia (fellowship) cements the believers to the Lord Jesus and to each other.

Apply:

Here we have been given four fundamental devotions of the church. Every true Christian is a member of the body of Christ and is related to Christ and to other believers as a member of that body. The basic activities of believers are to learn the scriptures, work together, eat together, and pray for one another. Is there one you need to work on?

 Closing Prayer:

Lord, help us to be faithful in doing the work of the Kingdom and expressing the love of Christ wherever we may go.  Help us to recognize the urgency of sharing the message of salvation as we go about our daily routine.  Amen.

Terry Schneider