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Acts 2

Acts 2

“And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” Acts 2:42

Verse 42 has been called by some the Apostles Doctrine– meaning it was a teaching that the first century apostles taught as they traveled around the globe. The verse contains four practices that Christians should adhere to. I like to call these the “Four Spiritual Food Groups.” Just as the physical body requires various foods in order to survive and thrive, so does the spiritual body. The first is: devoting themselves to the apostles teaching. Early believers were encouraged to follow the teachings of the apostles and test them against the Old Testament scriptures for accuracy and harmony. Today we are blessed to have all the scriptures written down for us, readily accessible to study and learn.

Secondly, believers were to fellowship together (fellowship being another word for camaraderie or friendship). They were to spend time together, learning from and supporting one another.

Third, believers were to break bread together, meaning they were to remember Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross through communion (see Matthew 26:17-30; Mark 14:12-25; Luke 22:7-20).

Lastly, believers were to pray. As we’ve talked about before in Mark, prayer is the most powerful weapon we have. The early Christians were encouraged to use this tool and be devoted to it.

As believers today it is just as important to be spiritually fed, making sure to have a little from each food group, every day.

DF