The Church Gathered Together

Togetherness is a characteristic seen in the Lord’s church throughout the book of Acts. In this lesson, we will consider these examples of the church gathering together and see what we can learn from them.

Together on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1)

  • The day of Pentecost would be the day the church of Christ would be established
  • Jesus could have established His church, then called men to it – but He didn’t
  • He certainly calls all men to it today (Mark 16:15) – but it began with the apostles together; this togetherness is important as we continue through the book of Acts

Together and Had All Things in Common (Acts 2:44-45)

  • It is important to note that this was an exceptional circumstance – though the principle still applies to us
  • Jews from all over the known world came to Jerusalem for Pentecost (Acts 2:9-11) – many obeyed the gospel (Acts 2:41,47) & continued in Jerusalem
  • Naturally, a need arose – some property owners sold it to help their brethren (Acts 2:44-45; 4:34-35)
  • The principle applies to us – we should be eager to help our brethren in need (Galatians 6:10)

Together from House to House (Acts 2:46)

  • The “breaking bread” in this verse is not the Lord’s Supper – refers to the sharing of meals
  • The regular assembly of the saints is important (Hebrews 10:25) – but other gatherings are as well (Hebrews 3:13)
  • Breaking off of social interaction is meant to lead the erring brother to repent (1 Corinthians 5:5,11; 2 Thessalonians 3:14) – What if there is no social interaction to begin with?

Together and Spoke with Boldness (Acts 4:31)

  • Again, circumstances are a little different today – no miraculous gifts of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 13:8-10)
  • But being together and having a common purpose led to boldness – the same will happen today, even though it may not happen miraculously
  • Standing up for the truth will invite opposition (2 Timothy 3:12) – standing together will help us in our cause; strength in numbers (Ecclesiastes 4:12)

Together and Praying (Acts 12:12)

  • Time of persecution under King Herod – James had already been put to death (Acts 12:2); Peter was arrested & was to be killed as well (Acts 12:3-4); then he was miraculously delivered (Acts 12:6-10)
  • The church gathered together to pray (Acts 12:5,12) – they put their trust in God (Philippians 4:6-7)
  • Why not pray individually & privately? … they could have – but togetherness was important to them

Together in Supporting Evangelism (Acts 14:26-27)

  • The church in Antioch sent out Paul & Barnabas to preach (Acts 13:2-3) – this means they supported them in the work
  • When Paul & Barnabas returned, they gave a report to explain how the work went
  • Evangelism is a work of the church (1 Timothy 3:15) – it is important to know the good that is being accomplished
  • We have fellowship together in this work (3 John 8)

Together to Receive Instruction (Acts 15:30-32)

  • They taught the words of the apostles (Acts 15:30, 22-23) & prophets (Acts 15:32)
  • While we don’t have apostles & prophets alive today, we do have their word in Scripture
  • We are to continue in the apostles’ doctrine (Acts 2:42) – in order to do this, preaching/teaching must be done (2 Timothy 1:13)

Together to Break Bread (Acts 20:7)

  • Breaking bread here refers to the Lord’s Supper – the important memorial of the death of Christ
  • It is limited to the assembly of the church (1 Corinthians 11:33) – we must obey this command to partake (1 Corinthians 11:24-25)
  • Paul was in a hurry to get to Jerusalem (Acts 20:16) – yet he stayed in Troas seven days so he was assured that he would be able to meet with a local church and partake of the Lord’s Supper (Acts 20:6-7)

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