TAKE A CLOSE LOOK
AT OUR VISION
THE ACTS 2 CHURCH: A LOVING COMMUNITY FOLLOWING JESUS AND MAKING DISCIPLES
This is really exciting.
In Acts 2, the city that crucified Jesus faced a harsh reality: they had unjustly murdered the Son of God, their Messiah, their King. His identity had been proven by the empty tomb and his many appearances after rising from death. Thousands of the citizens of Jerusalem were appropriately terrified, knowing they deserved God’s judgment and wrath for killing his Son.
The apostle Peter confronted them with this guilt, and they sought a way out. To their surprise, Peter made an announcement like no other in history. God had foreseen all this. When Jesus laid down his life, it was on purpose. And the purpose was grand: to save the world from all of its sin.
Peter’s announcement was a promise that had been prophesied throughout the Jewish scriptures, and it’s worth stating explicitly right here, because it changed everything.
And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.”
About 3,000 people were baptized on that day, and they became the church of Christ. It’s what they became next that we call the Acts 2 Vision of Bay Area Church of Christ:
And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.
And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles.
And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need.
And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.
The repentance of these people in Jerusalem was life-changing. In thankfulness for the mercy and grace they were given by God, they became the most, or one of the most, loving communities ever. And they didn’t just love each other; they loved others, and helped them to become disciples, too. They were disciples who made disciples.
We want to be like them in every way.