In our study of Acts 2:42-47, we see that salvation is the Lord’s work. Only He can awaken dead sinners to be made alive in Christ. He was growing His Kingdom every day through the lost coming to salvation. Membership into God’s church, from His perspective, is through Biblical salvation and faith in Christ, and not through church attendance or adherence to any set of moral rules. No doubt, the witness of the church was an effective one because of the remarkable community and togetherness they shared, as well as the declaration of the gospel.
Questions to Consider
1. Are you trusting in Jesus alone for your salvation, or in church attendance or a moral code that you’ve set for yourself?
2. How does our pride, selfishness, and schedules keep us from deepening our authentic community and opening up our lives to fellow believers in Jesus and seeking the same from them?
3. Is there room in your life to share the gospel, disciple new believers, and help meet their needs should God begin to consistently grow His church here? What does that say about your heart to make disciples and your expectation of God to grow His church?
1. Read Ephesians 2:1-10. Ponder your inability to achieve salvation on your own. Ponder the grace and mercy of Jesus to rescue us and make us alive in Him. Worship Him for that.
2. Meet with or call someone from our church this week to pray that God consistently grows our church through the lost coming to salvation in Jesus. Use this time to share with each other what God is doing in your lives and struggles you may be facing.
3. Identify one lost person in this community that you have a relationship with. Pray for an opportunity to share the gospel with them and/or invite them to church.