Acts 2:41 Those then who received his word were baptized, and there were added on that day about three thousand souls. (42) And they continued steadfastly in the teaching and the fellowship of the apostles, in the breaking of bread and the prayers.
[Part 1 of 2] Here we see that the first group of believers produced through the apostles' preaching and ministering of Christ on the day of Pentecost continued steadfastly in four things: teaching, fellowship, breaking of bread, and prayers. Teaching is the unveiling of God's New Testament economy concerning Christ and the church. Fellowship is the communion and communication between the believers in their communion and communication with God the Father and Christ the Son. Breaking of bread is the remembrance of the Lord in His accomplishment of God's full redemption. Prayer is cooperation with the Lord in heaven for the carrying out of God's New Testament economy on earth. The first two matters, teaching and fellowship, conjoined by "and" to be one group, are of the apostles...This indicates that besides the teaching and fellowship of the apostles, the believers in Christ should not have any other teaching and fellowship. In God's New Testament economy there is only one kind of teaching revealed and recognized by God--the teaching of the apostles. Likewise, there is only one kind of fellowship which is of God and acceptable to Him--the fellowship of the apostles, which is with the Father and the Son Jesus Christ (1 John 1:3) and which is the unique fellowship of the unique church, the Body of Christ. [continued tomorrow]
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