“And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking
of bread, and in prayers” (Acts 2:42).
“So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another”
“For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one
bread” (1 Cor.10:17).
“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male
nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus” (Gal.3:28).
“Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto
a perfect man, unto the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of
the fulness of Christ” (Eph.4:13).
“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but ex-
horting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching” (Heb.10:25).
“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another,
and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin” (1 Jn.1:7).
“I am a companion of all them that fear thee, and of them that keep thy precepts”
“Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hear-
kened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that
feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name” (Mal.3:16).
DEEPER STUDY # 4
(2:42) Lord’s Supper: the phrase “breaking of bread” means the early believers observed and remembered the Lord’s death.
They set aside some time to observe what churches call communion, or the Lord’s Supper, or the Eucharist. Note they ob-
served the Lord’s Supper daily (v.46). Why did they observe it so often?
1. The Lord’s Supper was the one ordinance Christ had given to symbolize His death. And it was His death that had
saved them. Because of His death, they were now...
• reconciled to God
• in fellowship with God
• made new creatures in God
• infilled with the Spirit of God
• bearing all the fruit of God (Gal.5:22-23)
All they now were and had was due to the death of Christ. They wanted to remember and thank God for His great love
demonstrated in the death of His Son, and to do it often.
2. The Lord had commanded His followers to observe the Lord’s Supper often.
Thought 1. What an indictment against so many of us who observe the Lord’s Supper so little! We can, of course,
remember and concentrate upon the death of Christ without the symbol of the Supper. But Christ gave us the ordin-
ance and commanded that we use it as the primary symbol to show His death until He comes
“This do in remembrance of me” (Lk.22:19; 1 Cor.11:24-25).
“For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord’s death till he
comes” (1 Cor.11:26).
“And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them, and
said, Take, eat: this is my body. And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave
it to them: and they all drank of it. And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new tes-
tament, which is shed for many” (Mk.14:22-24).
DEEPER STUDY # 5
(2:42) Prayer: the early believers were a people who persevered in prayer—the idea is church prayer, united prayer with the
whole body of believers.
1. Through prayer they were brought into the most intimate fellowship and presence of God. They could get no closer
to God than when they were drawing nigh to God through prayer.
“The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth” (Ps.145:18).
“But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may
declare all thy works” (Ps.73:28).
“For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we
draw nigh unto God” (Heb.7:19).
“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them”
2. Through prayer they received things from God. They received His provision for both their souls and lives.
“And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive” (Mt.21:22).
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