The Apostles Doctrine
A Sermon on Acts 2:40-42
And with many other words he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation.” So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.
The Fellowship of the Believers
And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. (ESV)
What is the church and who are Christians? There are many answers being given, and many answers have been given over the many years. But, according to Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones if we are to know what the church is and what its mission is, we must look to the church in Acts 2:40-42. There we see the church as a community of born-again spirit empowered believers who boldly proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to a broken and sinful world. The church committed itself to the teaching of preaching of the apostles and the word of God. The church of Acts was far more than a social gathering, but it was the power of God manifest on earth through the work of his Spirit. The early church did not grow by attracting people by appealing to man’s carnal desire, but though the power of the Gospel. It is this Gospel that the church is tasked with guarding and proclaiming. It is this glorious Gospel that can transform the lives of those around us. If the church today and beyond is to be a faithful servant of Jesus Christ, and if the church is to be a faithful steward of his Gospel, it must commit itself to the teaching and works of the apostles as found in God’s word.