In Acts chapter 1, Jesus instructed His disciples to wait in Jerusalem for the Holy Spirit to baptize them with power from on High to become witnesses of the good news (the Gospel) of Jesus’ Resurrection and the coming of His Kingdom. After days of gathered prayer, the Spirit was poured out at Pentecost and the early church went into the streets proclaiming the Gospel. In Acts 2, about 3,000 were added to their number that same day. They had need for structured disciple-making, and so they devoted themselves to meeting in homes (like Home Communities) and at the Temple (like Sunday worship and Wednesday outreach & discipleship) for fellowship, teaching, breaking or bread, and prayer (Acts 2:42-47). In history this has been known as the “Two-Winged” church (large group worship and small group fellowship – see image). As the early church continually devoted themselves to God and each other, God blessed them and the church continued to grow.
We are seeking to be like the first century church. Though we do this imperfectly, we have seen God do some amazing things in our community.