At the end of this week, the ECC reading plan takes us to Acts 1 & 2. Days after Christ’s ascension, the Holy Spirit comes upon the apostles and some other believers, and immediately Peter preaches a short sermon that changes the lives of 3,000 people. From there, we see probably the most famous description of the early church:
“42They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. 44All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. 46Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” (Acts 2:42-47, NIV)
The early church had an incredible amount of momentum, which led to the almost unbelievable unity in the passage above, a unity that has become the standard to which nearly all churches aspire. That momentum sustained the early church through indescribable persecution…in fact it helped early believers thrive in spite of persecution…and has carried the church through the centuries. What kind of momentum will the church have going into the future? That up to those of us who follow Christ today.
Beginning Sunday, August 2, Eastridge will present a series entitled “Momentum.” Join us, or tune into our podcast, to find out what it takes to have real momentum in a world that pushes against what we as Christians believe and stand for.