The Acts 2:42 Church. What Would it Look Like Today?

What is the Church? What does the Church look like? “What would the Acts 2:42 church look like today? “What if we Rethink Church?”

The Church is not a place we go on Sunday mornings. The Church is not the building or a worship service or class; you don’t “go” to church. The Church is God’s  people, we are the church.  Not the building, but the people.

In Bible times Church had other names. Church may have been called a “Fellowship of Believers” or the church in Antioch, Ephesus, Galatia, or Corinth. Christian’s were called “believers” or “followers.”

Think about this – Peter, one of Jesus’ Apostles, is speaking to a very large crowd numbering more than 3,000.  He is telling them about Jesus and encouraging them to turn from their sins. “With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day. The Fellowship of the Believers They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” – Acts 2:40-47

Let’s look at this – Peter preached and 3,000 people were saved. That’s a lot of new believers at one time, totally amazing. This group of people, this fellowship of believers, look at how they lived and how on target for God they were. Their actions spoke louder than their words. People were saved and added to their number daily because of  how they lived and their excitement and what they shared about Christ. They didn’t keep the Good News to themselves they shared it and lived it.

They gathered daily to

  1. Devote themselves to the apostles teaching – they listened, learned, and put it into practice
  2. Fellowship (gathering together, hanging out)
  3. Breaking of Bread (a meal – more than communion)
  4. Prayer

Their life –

  • Everyone was filled with awe
  • many wonders and miracle were done by the apostles
  • they had everything in common
  • sold their possessions and goods

People were getting saved daily because of this “church” often referred to as the “Acts 2:42 church,” was being the church.

Now think about how church is today. Why is there so much of a difference between churches in America and the church in Acts 2? This church is our example of what the church should look like. They are the model for how we should live and what churches today should be.

What if the Church today was (by Rethink Church)

  • less about Sunday and more about the other days of the week
  • something we do
  • the way it was in the beginning
  • looked at itself with Seekers eyes
  • an opportunity to say what we believe with our lives
  • Sunday was a day to celebrate and reflect on Monday through Friday

Take a look at this video “Rethink Church” it’s an image, dream, and vision of what the church in Acts 2 could look like today. Inspiring the modern day church to get out of it’s old habits and traditions and actually become the church instead of a place we go. It’s a dream and vision of what the church could be. Check it out, rethink church.

(This video is not just for the UMC, it’s for all denominations. It’s a dream for all believers).

Be the Church.

What are your thoughts?

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Posted on May 17, 2010, in Making a Difference. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Remember the little rhyme about the church using our folded hands that we used to teach our kids? Here is the Biblically correct version:
    This the the building,
    This is the steeple,
    Open the doors,
    The church IS the people.
    –Richard

  2. That is like totally awesome.

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