Isaiah 58:7. prayers = the prayers. There was a time, signified by this day of Pentecost, when the church was unified—perhaps as unified as it ever was in its entire history. as the learned Joannes Harlemius remarks in Indice Bibliorum. A disciple wants to learn and live the message, and to be part of the COMMUNITY. A business partnership is always formed in order to attain a known objective, such as providing a service to the public at a profit for the partners. Johannine Writings 5. . These would include the beautiful prayers and Psalms of the old Jewish ritual, together with new supplications adapted to the new dispensation, in which Jesus was invoked as King and God. a. But a weekly partaking would fit. BibliographyJamieson, Robert, D.D. These may have been the outpouring of the heart’s desires; but they may also have been what the disciples had been taught to pray, as in Matthew 6:9, Luke 11:1, as the disciples of John had been taught. But if we admit this, we cannot consistently explain the expression of a mere common meal. This event had taken place as foretold, and the apostles were witnesses. Christ was God's Holy One, sanctified and set apart to his service in the work of redemption. The Old Testament Why Hebrews Was Written (Part Four). Committed to the Fellowship (Acts 2:42-47) ... Acts, vol. Just as we are united in a relationship, so we are all united in a partnership formed to glorify God by completing His work. 2. IV. For instance, the common Greek spoken across the Roman Empire is called Koine. ., p77. Here is an account of his death and sufferings, which they witnessed but a few weeks before. A relation between individuals which involves a common interest and a mutual, active participation in that interest and in each other. Wisdom Literature They were together, united in perfect charity. By their daily actions, walking in the footsteps of the apostles and Jesus Christ, they expressed living faith toward God, were baptized, and received the earnest of His Spirit toward salvation. 2. It can have no meaning less solemn than the commemorative “breaking of bread,” of 1 Corinthians 10:16. A.S.V. 4. they went from house to house to convert souls, taking the food they found with joy, and simplicity of heart, their number daily increasing. This means the early Christians gave priority to the revealed Word of God. But just as when the Lord's Supper was first instituted it was preceded by the full paschal meal, so a frugal repast seems for a considerable time to have preceded the Eucharistic feast. "breaking of bread" is a term that here probably included the Lord"s Supper as well as eating a meal together (cf. --- St. Luke also gives here some account of the manner of living of these first Christians. (p. 82). Lesson 9: Snapshot of a Healthy Church (Acts 2:42-47) Related Media. Like us, they would have desired to know about His personal characteristics, including His way of dealing with the apostles as well as with the ordinary “man on the street” regardless of the reasons and attitudes of those who came into His presence. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation. The grammar of the Greek sentence sets these actions off as distinct from the following two activities that define fellowship. It was this relationship that produced an active sharing in other ways. "Commentary on Acts 2:42". 3. God was calling them to support the apostles by continuing their personal growth in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ and by making a witness through their conduct in their communities. This last appears to us the most natural sense of the word "fellowship" here, which (with the article) must be viewed as something on which the baptized disciples attended regularly, besides "the apostles' teaching:" to interpret it, however, (as Olshausen, Alford, Hackett, and Baumgarten do) of 'community of goods' is surely harsh; for how could they be said to 'attend constantly upon' that? From 1 Corinthians 14:15; 1 Corinthians 14:26 we also learn that Christians sang when they assembled together. Major Prophets They were deeply convicted. (literally) participation, or (pecuniary) benefaction: -(to) communicate(-ation), communion, (contri-)distribution, fellowship.