We’ve been doing a “4S” or 4 step study of Acts 2:42-47. The first three steps were spreading out the information we found in these verses. Then we sorted them into groups and described each group. Based on that step we developed an outline. Reflecting on the outline we established a main theme or title.
Now we’re ready to summarize this material into applications, which is the final step in this Bible study approach. To do this I asked myself some questions based on the outline I had developed.
Do I sense a spirit of togetherness in my church? Is there a sense of togetherness between the leaders and the people in my church? Do the believers in my church enjoy getting together for meals, for learning, for prayer and praise, both in large and small groups? Do the believers in my church genuinely care for and share with each other? And finally, are the people in my community attracted to Christ and my church because of the togetherness they see in my church?
These were the qualities that surfaced in our examination of the church described in Acts 2:42-47. Genuine togetherness requires deep, daily commitment on the part of all. You see this also in Acts 4:23-37, Ephesians 4:11-16 and I Peter 4:7-11. Study these portions of the Bible to learn more about how the church of Jesus Christ should function.
Ask yourself, what steps should I take to contribute positively in the development of these activities in my church?