Acts 2 is a huge chapter, containing so much! It is fair to say we could spend weeks and weeks on this one chapter alone! At the start of the chapter we see the Holy Spirit coming at Pentecost. Then we see Peter stand up with the other eleven and address the crowd. He preached the gospel and the need of repentance and forgiveness through Jesus Christ, and about 3000 people got saved!
However, for this morning, it is the last few verses of Acts 2 that I want to focus on. It says “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”
Here we are told of four things that the believers devoted themselves to; the apostles’ teaching, fellowship, breaking of bread and prayer. In the King James Version, rather than saying ‘devoted’ it says that the believers ‘continued steadfastly’ in these four things. The Greek word translated continued steadfastly or devoted means ‘a steadfast and single-minded fidelity to a certain course of action.
The first thing that these early believers devoted themselves to was the apostles’ teaching. They were dependent on the apostles to communicate to them who Jesus was and what it was He had done for them. These believers had faith and trusted in Jesus, but now they wanted to know more! Likewise, we too should want to devote ourselves to the word of God.
The second thing they devoted themselves to was fellowship. The Greek word for fellowship is ‘koinonia’, and refers to association, communion and participation. It means to share in something. Just have a think of some of the things we share in through Christ. We share the same Lord, the same love for God, the same desire to worship Him. We should share the same struggles and the same victories. We share the same job of living for Him, and the same joy of being able to share the gospel. When we share these things, we will have fellowship.
The third thing they devoted themselves to was the breaking of bread. They ate together and remembered the death and resurrection of Jesus. How much should we desire to do this too?
And finally, they devoted themselves to prayer. Prayer was vital for them and it should be vital to us too! As one theologian put it: Prayer is as important to the Christian life, as breathing is to the human life. We need to ensure we are people of prayer! What is it that we are devoted to? I would suggest these four things should be at the top of the list!