Good morning to all of you. Christ is risen. He is risen, indeed! Alleluia! Today we reflect on the impact of the young church in Acts 2:42-47. “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”
Luke reminds us of some of the qualities of that early group of believers. Four qualities are listed. The first two had to do with the apostles’ teaching and fellowship. In this season of social distancing we miss physical connection and proximity. We pray that our church would be devoted to the study of God’s Word whether we are in person or online and that we continue to fellowship by whatever means possible.
“They devoted themselves to the breaking of the bread and prayer” (v42). The breaking of the bread, of course, refers to the Lord’s Supper. How we hunger and thirst after the Supper, for the forgiveness that is offered and the fellowship that is extended in this meal. And then Luke talks about prayer. Whenever believers met together in churches or in homes for a meal, they would also spend time in prayer. We ask that a culture of prayer would permeate our church and that our Lord would make us a people who delight in coming together to pray.
This text also reveals that the early disciples were very generous. We pray and ask that our church would also be sacrificial in our generosity and that we would always seek to care for each other’s material, emotional and spiritual needs. May we be willing to give up our time, money or convenience to ensure that others have what they need.
We continue to thank God for the people and the families He has “added to” our number. And we also pray that the Lord’s church would continue to grow and that PHLC, a small part of His kingdom, may continue to be a loving and welcoming place of hope and healing. May we model the young church in Acts in passion and commitment to the mission of God. Will you think on these things? Amen.
Pastor Bryan E. Drebes
Pastor Drebes attended Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri, beginning in 1997. He spent the summer of 1999 teaching English to Chinese middle school teachers in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China. He served a four-month vicarage at St. John Lutheran Church, Plymouth, Wisconsin, followed by eight months at Bethany Lutheran Church, Overland Park, Kansas. Pastor Drebes was ordained into the Office of the Holy Ministry at Zion Lutheran Church, Palmyra, Missouri on August 19, 2001, and installed as Associate Pastor of Bethany Lutheran Church, Overland Park, Kansas on September 9, 2001. He served Bethany for 14 years. Pastor Drebes accepted a Divine