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What Can We Learn From the Very First Christians; What Can We Learn From the Very First Church?

What Can We Learn From The Very First Christians;

What Can We Learn From The Very First Church?

            In an age when everything that has been around for a while is being rejected as mere tradition, it is refreshing to return to Acts 2 with the question, "What can we learn from the very first Christians in the very first church?"  Acts 2 possesses that kind of seriousness and solemnity.  If what they did was good then, then why isn't it good for us today?

The Very First Plan of Salvation

            Speaking to devout Jews gathered at Jerusalem for the religious feast of Pentecost, Peter laid out a step-by-step plan for saving themselves (Acts 2:40).  What did they have to do (see Acts 2:37)?

  • They had to "give ear to (his) words" (Acts 2:14) and "hear these words" (Acts 2:22).  Although the miraculous outpouring of the baptism of the Holy Spirit was taking place all around them, their salvation began with hearing words.
  • They had to "know for certain" (Acts 2:42).  "Know for certain" is an apt synonym for faith and belief
  • They had to be "cut to the heart" (Acts 2:37) and "repent" (Acts 2:38).  "Cut" sharply contrasts with the lesser feeling of being "caught." 
  • They had to be baptized (Acts 2:38, 41).  Immersion was required .
  • Receiving the "remission of sins" (Acts 2:38), they followed their salvation with a life of devotion (Acts 2:42).  Immersion was just the beginning.

The Very First Church at Work and at Worship

            Devoting themselves to Christian living after their conversion, the very first Christians in the very first church:

  • Studied the Bible (Acts 2:42).
  • Worshipped together (Acts 2:42).
  • Generously assisted each other (Acts 2:44+).
  • Conducted "day by day" instruction in the plan of salvation (Acts 2:47).

The Plan of Salvation Taught by Churches of Christ

  • Hear
  • Believe
  • Repent
  • Be Baptized
  • Live a resurrected life

The Work of the Church Taught by Churches of Christ

  • Evangelism
  • Edification
  • Benevolence

What To Do?

            Why would we choose to be temporarily relevant and eternally irrelevant?  Seeking to appeal to the hear and now, some fail to appeal to the scriptures as our source of authority for all that we do.  This article points back to the very first Christians in the very first church.  What did they do.  Why don't we do the same?