What Did the First Church Do?
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. This is what the early church did.
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.
[Read more about this in Peter’s upcoming book, Jesus’s Broken Church.]
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Peter DeHaan writes about biblical spirituality, often with a postmodern slant. He seeks a fresh approach to faith and following God through the lens of scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices. Read more in his books, blog, and weekly email updates.