“And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers”. (Acts 2:42) (KJV).
The Church is an administrative tool designed to help believers not only to grow in the image of Christ, but also to follow the leading of the Spirit to serve others in love. The Church is supposed to be a representation of a community of believers.
A community of believers, where people are taught and equipped to go out and claim their immediate neighbourhood for Christ. When we fail to achieve this goal, the purpose of the Church is defeated. Our goal is not to gather in a location or building, but ‘to be the Church’. We have been called to be the light of the World (Matt. 5:14).
The early Church understood the agenda and purpose of God and this largely influenced their lives and the results they achieved. The unity of purpose and vision (Acts 4:42) by the early Church essentially resulted in an explosion of God’s power among them, which even unbelievers could not deny.
The Church is a place for fellowship, the bible instructs us not forget the fellowship of the brethren (Heb. 10:25). There is a corporate anointing that follows and protects every member of the local assembly. Fellowship also engenders affection and care for one another (Rom. 12:10). It helps us to humble ourselves to comfort each other and edify one another (1 Thess. 5:11).
If it is our desire to experience the power and testimonies of the early Church, we must not only study, but also share the word of God together on a regular and consistent basis. Regular and consistent bible study produces thorough bred believers who are unmoved and cannot be tossed to and fro nor carried about by every wind of doctrine. (Eph. 4:14)
The Power of God experienced in the early Church was largely as a result of the unity that existed among the members. The early Church prayed together regularly for thee body of Christ and for one another without promptings.
God expects the community of believers to study, fellowship, break bread and pray together until they all come to the unity of the faith (Eph. 4:13). We can only achieve this as a Church when we are submitted to word of God, allowing Christ to be formed in us.
It is the growth that occurs in the inner man that helps us to do the works of the Father. “It is the Spirit that quickeneth, the flesh profiteth nothing” (John 63:3a). We must become like Christ before we can begin to do the works of God.