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To be known as Jesus’ disciples through actions that are motivated by love for God, for each other, and for those who suffer spiritually and physically.
This week’s lesson continues the theme from the past few weeks, looking at how the First Century Church was devoted to “the fellowship” as they actively sought to be engaged in one another’s lives.
Among the 3,000 Jews who became Christians on the Day of Pentecost, many were from distant regions of the Roman Empire. Preparing to return home to their synagogues, families and occupations it is important for them to understand why they chose to follow Christ and how this has changed their lives for the better. ‘Devoted to the apostles’ teaching’ meant understanding the prophecies of the Old Testament and their fulfillment in the life and teachings of Jesus Christ as well as His death, burial and resurrection.
Steve’s lesson this morning introduces God’s dream for the church, it’s realization on the Day of Pentecost (following Jesus’ death, burial, resurrection & ascension), and the priorities of the first Christians (as described in Acts 2:41-47). In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, our own Restoration Movement strove to return to the simple patterns of that first church with hopes of drawing Christians together today. Over the next seven weeks we will examine each of these traits to evaluate our own understandings in the light of God’s word.