Devoted to Meeting Together

Every day they devoted themselves to meeting together in the temple complex, and broke bread from house to house. They ate their food with a joyful and humble attitude, praising God and having favor with all the people. And every day the Lord added to them those who were being saved. Acts 2:46-47 HCSB

There are some people who have dropped out of church because they have been hurt or disillusioned by Christian people or leaders in the church. I understand their pain, but it is important for believers to gather together to support one another, to pray for each other, and to encourage one another. We all need the fellowship of other believers.

The people in the early church were Jewish and they did not disassociate themselves from the temple and the synagogues. They devoted themselves to meeting in the temple complex to worship and to be taught the Scriptures. They believed everything that all Jewish people believed with one exception; they believed that Jesus was the promised Messiah. As time went on, the believing Jews who followed Christ as the Messiah had to begin meeting in homes because of friction with Jews who did not believe that Jesus was the promised Messiah. Many of the new believers were excommunicated from the synagogues because of their belief in Jesus.

Challenge: Christians around the world are still persecuted because of their belief in Jesus as Lord and Savior. Pray for those who are facing persecution. Pray for those who have dropped out of church because they have been hurt. Reach out to those who do not go to church and invite them to come to your church.

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