Believe series session 16
A biblical community
Sunday 20th May 2018
George Methodist Church
8am and 10am
Acts 2: 42 -47
The church born at Pentecost with a heart filled with the Holy Spirit and love casting out all fear.
To understand this event, we must understand the Jewish Feast of Pentecost. It was not by coincidence that God poured out His Spirit on the disciples on that day. There were three great Jewish feasts each year: Passover (in the spring), celebrating Israel’s deliverance from Egypt, followed immediately by the Feast of Unleavened Bread; Pentecost, also called the Feast of Weeks, which occurred 50 days (seven weeks) after Passover; and, Tabernacles (in the autumn). Pentecost was an initial harvest feast, where the Jews were to offer to the Lord the first fruits of the new grain. Among other rituals, they were to wave before the Lord two loaves of wheat bread, made with leaven (Lev. 23:15-21).
This picture came to fulfillment in the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost. Until this time, the Lord’s people consisted of Israel, along with a few Gentile proselytes. Not all in Israel were believers, but it was through that nation exclusively that God worked through His covenant promises to form a people for Himself. But now the Lord formed the body of Christ, the church, made up of Jews and Gentiles on equal footing. Paul calls this inclusion of the Gentiles in the church a mystery, meaning that it had not been formerly revealed (Eph. 3:4-7), although it was typified in this Jewish feast with two loaves. That these two loaves were made up of leavened bread pictures the fact that although we are redeemed in Christ, we are still sinners who must learn to get along with those who, in the flesh, are very different than we are.
The bride and the veil. We who with unveiled faces…
- Community is essential for living a Godly and healthy life. Ecc 4: 8-13
- A community centred on God’s kingdom and not our own. When the focus is on something else then that’s when it goes all wrong – The Krugersdorp Massacres. Practising the Presence of God – 2 Chronicles 7: 1-3 The Glory of the Lord filled the temple. Without his presence biblical community is nothing more than an empty shell.
- A New Community – What does it look like?
- Devoted to teaching and fellowship.
- Breaking bread and prayer.
- Signs and wonders also gifts and recourses.
- They had everything in common.
- They gave to anyone who was in need and they sold their possessions to give to the poor. Mr King and his storage which he does not worry about.
- They had Glad and sincere hearts – joy and sincerity are keys to survival.
- They worshipped praised God.
- The Lord added to their number daily because when they saw how these people loved the Lord and each other and served Him they wanted to be part of it.
- How do we look Church?