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A Snapshot of the Infant Church

October 23, 2022 Speaker: Gibson Largent Series: Acts

Passage: Acts 2:42–47

Acts 2:42–47

The Fellowship of the Believers

[42] And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. [43] And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. [44] And all who believed were together and had all things in common. [45] And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. [46] And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their 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. (ESV)

 

John MacArthur quotes Michael Horton in a sermon about this passage, describing Acts 2:42-47 as the regular activities of an "ordinary church." Horton published a book with the same title. Alex Duke interviewed Horton and published the interview at 9Marks (10/14/2014).

  • “There’s a lot that I agree with in calls to be “radical.” My concern is that the activist impulse at the heart of evangelicalism can put an enormous burden on people to do big things when what we need most right now is to do the ordinary things better. We can miss God in the daily stuff, looking for the extraordinary moment outside of his Word and conversation with him in daily prayer, family worship, and especially the public gathering of the saints each Lord’s Day. If we were more serious about these ordinary means of grace, I’m convinced the church would have a much stronger witness in the world today.”

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