Acts 1:1-2:41 (Summary)
Jesus had ascended into Heaven. His apostles, plus one hundred twenty other of His Jewish believers, had spent ten days praying in an upper room, waiting for the promised descent of the Holy Spirit. The events of the Day of Pentecost immediately followed. The Apostle Peter spoke the first gospel message of the Christian dispensation. Three thousand unbelieving Jews accepted Jesus as their Lord and and Savior on that day. So, now what did these first believers in Christ do? Consider the following verses.
Acts 2:42-47, Revised Standard Version (RSV)
42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.
43 And fear came upon every soul; and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. 44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common; 45 and they sold their possessions and goods and distributed them to all, as any had need. 46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they partook of food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.
The new believers in Jesus were still Jews. They were not going to show a lack of respect for Judaism, so they still met daily in the temple. But, because they had a new call on their lives, they met in their homes for the teaching of the apostles, for fellowship, for fellowship meals with a remembrance of the Lords’ death, burial, and resurrection, and for prayers. The home church movement was not one of design, but of necessity. There were no established congregations of any sect or denomination. These early disciples were “grass roots” Christians.
Consider the world today. There are many believers in Christ who have no place of worship to attend. Some may feel alienated from their home churches, because of any number of reasons. Others may feel the need to establish a cell group that will be able to meet the needs of believers and non-believers in a way that a formal congregation may not be able to do. Members who are very satisfied with their churches of membership, may sense a need to form a cell group in their home that will minister to their friends and family members. There are women who feel led to
minister to other women, but need support for that call that they feel on their life. The list is endless.
This ministry is actively involved in supporting cell groups and home churches. Such groups provide a place of fellowship that is very simple in its focus. The teaching of God’s Word, and fellowship of the saints, may be built around a fellowship meal that has a focus on the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. Please consider, and pray about, such a small group that may be planted in your home, or other meeting place. Our church plant is built on that pattern, and would love to help other groups to successfully minister the simple message of Jesus.
Anne Graham Lotz leads “Angel Ministries,” which provides a tremendous ministry to women. Consider her basic message of “Jesus,” as she is accompanied by acclaimed pianist Fernando Ortega, who is also seen in the following video. May our Lord Jesus lead many other people to provide such simple forms of ministry to people who are hurting and needing the love of our Lord and Savior in their lives.
Just Give Me Jesus
Isaiah 6:1-8, American Standard Version (ASV)
6 In the year that king Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and his train filled the temple.
2 Above him stood the seraphim: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.
3 And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is Jehovah of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.
4 And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.
5 Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, Jehovah of hosts.
6 Then flew one of the seraphim unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar:
7 and he touched my mouth with it, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin forgiven.
8 And I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then I said, Here am I; send me.