Together We Win
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.
Each is present in the Greek original. They show us that the Christians’ unity was not found in individualistic experiences but in collective spirituality.
- “The apostles’ teaching” was the public exposition of the first Christian leaders.
- “The fellowship” refers to the larger, public community of faith.
- “The breaking of bread” refers to a public communal meal; in the context of teaching and fellowship, it points to the Lord’s Supper and worship.
- “The prayers” refers to public times of confession, thanksgiving, and intercession.
These four commitments, made in public community, empowered the first Christians to change history.
Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone;”
1 Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. 2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. 3 For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4 But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. 5 For each will have to bear his own load.
Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.
1 Peter 4:8
- Don’t go try to find people who disagree with a concern from a brother or sister.
- Don’t look for sins in their life that somehow remove the truth of their concern in your mind.