Session 19:Walking Together (The Early Church)

Session 19:

Walking Together: The Early Church

Acts 2: 42-47

42 All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer.
43 A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. 44 And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. 45 They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need.46 They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity—47 all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.


OPENING ACTIVITIES

Image result for church clipartDesign a Church:

Give each group member a piece of paper and writing utensils (pencils, pens, markers, crayons, whatever you wish to give.

Tell them they have 2 minutes to design a church.

  • Be as vague as possible.
  • If they ask for more specifics (ie: “do you mean a church building, programs, people?” etc) tell them it is up their own interpretation.
  • Be as vague as possible

After the two minutes are up, have them share their churches.

Discuss:

  • Was this assignment easy or difficult?
  • What were some of the commonalities between the churches, what were some of the differences?
  • What do you think are the most important aspects of a church? Why?

 

Video:  Killer Community Tips: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87vWRRqtx5E

 

  • What was your favorite tip?
  • Imagine in you were to apply these community tips to your small group, how effective would it be?
  • What do you think the meaning behind this video was?

LESSON:

 Icebreaker:  What has been one highlight for you in being a part of this small group?

Read Acts 2: 42-47

42 All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer.
43 A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. 44 And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. 45 They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need.46 They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity—47 all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.

Discus:

Read verse 42: All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer.

Discuss

What were the four things they believers were devoted to in verse 42?

  • What does it mean they were “devoted” in these areas?
  • Why are these areas important to the life of the church?
  • These four areas helped them grow as a Christians community.
    • How does being devoted to spiritual teaching grow community?
    • How does being devoted to fellowship grow community?
    • How does being devoted to sharing a meal/The Lord’s Super grow community?
    • How does being devoted to prayer grow community?
  • How do you see these four things lived out at San Pedro?
  • How might we be better devoted to these areas, personally and as a church community?

Read Verses 43-47

A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity— all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved

Discuss:

  • What were some of the things they did out of their devotion (see verses 44-47)
    • met together in one place
    • shared everything they had.
    • sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need.
    • worshiped together at the Temple each day
    • met in homes for the Lord’s Supper
    • shared their meals with great joy and generosity
    • praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people.
  • How did these actions enhance their Christian community?
  • How does their perceptions of their possession, free them to care for the needs of others?
  • Why was meeting in large group worship important?
  • Why was meeting in small group fellowship important?

The Church Today:

  • How is our perception of our possession different than the early church?
  • What would it look like if we approached our possession the way the early church did?
  • Why is it important for us to meet together in worship?
  • Why is it important for us to meet together in small group fellowship?
  • Has the concept of sermon based small groups helped you connect with the sermons? How?
  • Has the concept of sermon based small groups helped you connect with members of our church community?
  • How has your time as a small group helped you grow in faith, fellowship, and community?

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  • Invite the group to e-mail/text Dave some ways that the sermon based small groups have helped them grow in faith, fellowship, and community.
  • Sermon Based Small Groups will resume in September, when we begin our sermon series on James.
  • This Summer Dave will be looking for small group leaders. Let him know if you are interested.

Church Growth: Each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved. (vs 47)

  • What are some of the strategies people have for increasing church attendance?
  • How do these strategies compare to what we see in Acts 2:24-47?
  • Why was their model for church growth effective?
  • Why is it important to understand that “the Lord added to their fellowship” and not “they added” to their fellowship?”

Prayer:

  • Pray for San Pedro:
    • That we would be a congregation that is devoted to spiritual teaching, fellowship, sharing a meal/The Lord’s Super, and prayer.
    • That we will be a congregation that is praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people.
    • That the Lord will be adding to our fellowship by bringing others to Jesus.
  • Pray for our small groups:
    • They will be a place of hospitality and generosity.
    • That God will use them to as a way strengthen community and grow our church.
    • That the Lord will add new leaders and new members when we resume in September.