November 16 (Daily reading: Acts 1-3) Acts 2:41-47 gives the activities of the church, which is composed of baptized believers (v. 41). “They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer” (v. 42). The first activity, and the last activity, is prayer. The church prays together!
The church is devoted to “teaching.” The members of the church are faithful in personal Bible reading and study and gathering for preaching and teaching. The church must also be devoted to “fellowship.” This is illustrated in verses 44-45, where it is stated that the believers “had all things in common.” This led to their sharing their possessions to meet the needs of all. Fellowship is also indicated by their daily activity of “continuing with one mind” (v. 46). They were practicing what Paul later described as “being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose” (Phil. 2:2).
The “breaking of bread” is mentioned twice. In verse 42, it is probably referring to the observance of the Lord’s Supper (Communion). This suggests the activity of worship, along with “praising God” (v. 47). The second reference is in verse 46: They were “breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart.” This is another indication of the unique “koinonia” (fellowship) that exists among the community of believers who are in the church. The world offers nothing that can compare to it because, as Jesus said, “Where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst” (Mt. 18:20).
The final activity mentioned is evangelism. “And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved” (v. 47). Evangelism flows out of the church’s faithfulness in the activities of prayer, Bible study, worship, and fellowship.
– Al Gary