A New Reformation
A Sermon on Acts 2:41-47
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. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved. (ESV)
Are you standing alone for Christ? Does it feel like you are by yourself in opposing the world? You are not alone! Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones proclaims from Acts 2:41-47 how the apostles confronted the ancient world with the Gospel of Christ. They sought to confront the deepest ills of mankind through the power of the Gospel and the work of the Holy Spirit. The early church did this as a community of believers who had true fellowship in the Gospel. This fellowship was more than simple friendship, but it was a deep communion based on the new life in Christ. This love of one another is one of the marks of the true Christian, it is this love of fellow believers that makes the church distinct from all other institutions. The church of Christ is a Spirit filled community of believers who love one another and Christ because of God’s great work of redemption. The early church in Acts lived out this salvation by loving one another and proclaiming the Gospel to the whole world. The church of today must not stray away from the great truth of who the church is and of the glorious Gospel that they have been entrusted with. Only the church has been entrusted with the truth of God’s Gospel, and only the church can confront the fallen world with the good news of who we can be in Christ Jesus.