On my way home from work today I was thinking about the end of Acts chapter 2. I was thinking about how the Bible says that “the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.” So then I started wondering. What did they do that pleased God enough for Him to add so many to the church? They had to be doing something right or the Lord wouldn’t have added to them people to disciple. Well lets look at Acts 2:42-47.
42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.
Now I’m going to break it down into the way I see these verses. Verse 42- They were totally sold out to the apostles’ teachings. They lived every inch of their lives the way the apostles taught. They were this way with three important factors; hanging out together, eating together, and prayer…(I’m going to assume prayer together since the others were.) Verse 43- Awe came upon everyone of them because they bought into what was in verse 42. The awe led to great faith. The great faith led to many signs and wonders. Verse 44- They were all together, not bickering, focused on the same thing. Verse 45-They were selling their possessions so that they could give the money to those who needed it. Verse 46 and 47- Everyday, they were at church together, eating together, thankful for everything, praising God, and having favor with each other. That is why the church was added to daily.
So what is the best form of outreach? Apparently it is the outreach of the believers in Acts chapter 2. Their way of outreach added people everyday. Their outreach was spending everyday together in church and then at each others houses in fellowship. In today’s world we complain if we have to go to church more than two times a week. They also had favor with all people. As christians, we need to be careful and find favor with everyone; at work, playing sports, dining at a restaurant, at school. There are too many so called “christians” in this world that act ridiculous in public and they have given real christians a bad name. Another thing the believers in Acts chapter 2 were doing was selling their own possessions so that they could give money to the ones in need. In today’s world, we love to have the biggest house, the best car, and the newest phone. What do all these have in common? Each cost the most money to have them. I’m not saying its horrible to have money or have nice things, but if you are stretching yourself to the limit to aquire these things then you are doing the opposite the early church was in Acts 2. If they didn’t have the money to give to the needy, they sold something to get it. How many of us would sell something of ours, just so we can give the money to those in need?
So how do we add to our churches? I think following the example of the early church in Acts is the best way. As a church family, why don’t we devote ourselves to the teaching of the Bible, be in awe of it, fellowship daily, pray daily, support those in need (even if it takes a sacrifice of our own), and lets see the church grow. And as a final challenge to all who are reading, next week invite someone you want to know a little better to your house for dinner, and get to know each other. It is time to see the church grow.