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Acts 2:42-47

42They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. 44All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. 46Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

Have you ever just stirred on these words? What would our world look like this was what our calendar looked like? Great things were happening during this time. Amazing sights and wonders filled their minds and inspired these early christians in their belief and faith in God and His Son Jesus Christ.

They met together daily to ensure that they would be ready for the return of the savior. They did not want to the outside culture to step in to this new found belief and salvation through Christ. They waited patiently for what they hoped to be His return.

I like this passage, becuase we are still waiting patiently for His return. Whether its in our lifetime or the next, let us continue to devote ourselves to the apostles teachings (the Word of God), to fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer.

Changing our habits on Sunday School and Small groups

I’ve had a number of conversations over the last several weeks with folks who have been finding it difficult to change their habits and beliefs on Sunday School and small groups. For many years, the standard was to go to church and then Sunday School. It’s what every good christian did. Today is different. Today’s focus leans more on the importance of connection and community. Today’s models of connectivity lead to get the most out our small groups.

Many churches today have even gone as far as abandoning Sunday School altogether for the sake of small groups. While this is successful for those churches we are striving to keep both around at Third City. The key element is to learn in Sunday School, but to invest in Small Groups.

This is a hard line to cross for many. However, if you consider it for a moment, Christ has called us to four levels of discipleship: Following Him for our Salvation, in our lifestyles, fellowship with His body, and serving others. The key to this is the word fellowship. Someone said that fellowship is not just a name of a room. I think for years fellowship has been viewed as joining with friends after church for coffee.

I think that is only a very small meaning. The book of Acts shows us that fellowship was devoting oneself to the apostles teaching, breaking bread with one another daily, and prayer amongst other activities. It said they met in homes, which was out of necessity at the time, but the point was the many different communities who were connecting through out the city on a daily basis. Our view on connectivity is one that encourages people to go far beyond just learning in Sunday School but we encourage people to find real community with a small group. Real community contributes to real, well rounded spiritual and relational growth.