41 Those who believed what Peter said were baptized and added to the church—about three thousand in all. 42 They joined with the other believers and devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, sharing in the Lord’s Supper and in prayer.
The Believers Meet Together
43 A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. 44 And all the believers met together constantly and shared everything they had. 45 They sold their possessions and shared the proceeds with those in need. 46 They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity—47 all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their group those who were being saved.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.
This is one of the most powerful verses or passage that can be found in the bible. (well also the whole bible that is). There is such a strong sense of bonding embedded inside the very core of the passage. Pastor Winston was preaching and was focusing on the topic: A year of Building. He stressed 5 points with the emphasis pointing on building, hence
- Building bible centered people
- Building a praying people
- Building a caring community
- Building a worshipful people
- Building an increasing membership
Good points i should say, and definitely in line with the vision of my Church. The challenge of course will be how are we going to achieve these points above? They look so good that we cant even picture what they look like. Like the first point, "how do we build bible centered people?". It is easier said than done.
This is the challenge that we all have after hearing the word preached. How do we apply what we have heard and not stop at "what a good sermon" and then relax ourselves on our Sunday couches and doze off to sleep?