A Worshiping Church
Passage: Acts 2:42–2:47
“The Spirit-Led Church #1: A Worshipping Church”
September 8, 2013 The Rt. Rev. Dr. Foley Beach
In the New Testament, the Church was not a building, but a _______ – the Body of Christ.
God’s purpose is not for Christians to live individualistic, isolated lives apart from their brothers and sisters in Christ. He desires for believers to be united in a local church (or body of believers).
ekklesia – called out ones, called out assembly or gathering
Lawrence Richards: The company of believers.
Vines: The whole company of redeemed throughout the present era, and a single company of professed believers.
John Stott: It is incorrect to call the day of Pentecost the birthday of the church. For the church as the people of God goes back at least four thousand years to Abraham. What happened at Pentecost was that the remnant of God’s people became the Spirit-filled Body of Christ.
A Worshipping Church
v. 42 “the breaking of the bread” is a reference to ____________ or remembering the Lord’s death and resurrection on the Lord’s Supper.
F. F. Bruce writes: The “breaking of the bread” here denotes something more than the ordinary partaking of food together: the regular observance of the Lord’s Supper is no doubt indicated.
v. 42 “the prayers” is a reference to the liturgical ________ which all Jews would have regularly said, and in this case, they would go to the Temple.
v. 43 “awe came upon every soul” – isn’t this what worship brings us to – the awesomeness of God.
It seems from this passage that they would go to the Temple for liturgical and more formal worship, and then gather in their homes for “the breaking of the Bread” (they would not have been able to do that in the Temple) and then a fellowship (or agape) meal with other believers.
One of the priorities of this first Church was to gather for worship. And when they gathered for worship, they had the Apostles’ teaching; they had fellowship; they had the Breaking of the Bread; they had the Prayers. And it was AWE-some – in the real meaning of that word.
At Holy Cross, everything we do is to leading people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. And we do that in five ways – the first and main way is worship.