The Fellowship of Believers
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)
A Christian is a person who has received abundant life from God. What does the Christian do in response to this incredible measure of grace? He goes to church. Dr. Lloyd-Jones quotes a Welsh politician in the 60's who says, "I'm a Christian, but the non-churchgoing type." Dr. Lloyd-Jones exposes this wrong thinking, showing that a christian is not one who goes to church once a year or not at all, but one who participates actively in Christ's body in a response of thankfulness and servitude. Reaching the world does not start with asking people to go to church; it starts with sharing the gospel, as this is the most important truth in the universe. If an unbeliever is saved by Christ, he will naturally want to join the local, visible family of Christ, as Dr. Lloyd-Jones explains. Ultimately, Christians gather because we rejoice in the same Savior. As Dr. Lloyd-Jones preaches from Acts 2:41-47, we learn that in this pilgrimage in which every human endeavors, there is only one way to get to the favorable side of eternity: through Christ's blood. Those who respond to His sacrifice and rejoice in Him will fellowship with believers.