“All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper ), and to prayer. A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders… all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.”
Acts of the Apostles 2:43, 45, 47 NLT
This passage from the New Testament gives us a picture of the early Church’s ministry, after the Spirit’s outpouring at Pentecost. What was it about God’s Spirit that caused the believers to dive deeply into such devoted life as a community?
What is the relationship between the “deep sense of awe” that overwhelmed Christ’s followers and their devotion to acting as the Church? How do the two, the awe of expectation and the committed devotion to Jesus’ new way of life, build upon each other?
How do you think Jesus was adding to the church each day? What was it about the way the Body of Christ lived that drew people and let the Church enjoy the “goodwill of all the people”?
Are there parts of the life of a disciple that you need to devote yourself to anew? What would look different about your praise, your service, and the other ways you worship if you asked God to continually fill you with this transformative awe and wonder?
Father, will you fill me afresh with your Spirit? I want to be overcome by the majesty of your love, let me not be numb or stagnant. Help me, Jesus, to devote myself to your teachings, to your compassion, and to your calling. Please build up kingdom expectation in my heart each morning, I want miraculous faith and love to overflow from what you’re doing in my heart. I ask that people would come to know you, to join your family because of the way my whole community lives in resurrection life together. I ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.