A Vital Church Grows

And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation.” 41 Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. 42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. 43 Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. 44 Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, 45 and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need.

46 So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved. — Acts 2:40-47.

Peter spoke at length. He testified and exhorted the crowd to save themselves from the perverse generation. Those who accepted his message were baptized. About 3000 people became disciples of Christ on that day.

The early disciples of Christ were devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Reverential awe came over everyone. The apostles did many other wonders and miraculous signs.

All who believed were together and held everything in common. They began selling their property and possessions and distributing the proceeds to everyone according to need.

Every day they continued to gather together with one accord in the temple courts, breaking bread from house to house, sharing their food with glad and humble hearts, praising God and having the good will of all the people.

The Lord added to their number every day those who were being saved.

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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