Just days after Pentecost, the people who follow Jesus begin to hang out. This is the first church. What did they do?
Luke records four key things:
- They learn about Jesus (think of this as a new believer’s class; after all, they were all new believers).
- They spend time with each other (that’s what fellowship means).
- They share meals
- They pray
In addition, they meet every day at the temple (outreach) and in homes (fellowship); they share all their possessions; they praise God – and every day more people join them.
There’s no mention of weekly meetings, sermons, music, worship, or offerings. If we’re serious about church in its purest form, this gives us much to consider.