Ancient Wisdom: May 11, 2014 (Year A)

Read:  Acts 2:42-47

Meditation:  “Off To A Good Start”

On the basis of repentance and baptism, the first Christians set about establishing the foundation for their life together.  Over time, they added other features.  But we are fortunate to see the “key ingredients” in their formation.

We cannot expound at length on these things, but we must not fail to recognize the spiritual infrastructure that gave life, health, and strength to that first Body if Christ.

They were devoted–invested and not looking a minimalistic faith.  They were instructed–committed to being “learners” (which is the root meaning of “disciple”) from the first day forward. 

They were together–connected by various forms of fellowship.  They were sacramental (which is probably what “breaking bread” meant, even though they did it at meals, not services)–established on the conviction that they were Christians by grace.

They prayed–most likely (in the beginning) at the Temple and at the regularly-stated prayer times there, as well as in times of personal and small-group praying.  That’s why the text says “prayers”–they prayed a lot!

They cared for fellow believers and others too, being sure that needs did not go unmet.  And they worshipped–maintaining the “central act” in their faith.

Even a mere listing of these foundation stones takes some space.  But the list is an inventory, a means to ask ourselves if our church is built on this foundation—and—to ask ourselves if we are involved in the cultivation of our faith as the first Christians were.

About Steve Harper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 42 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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