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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Assembling Together - Christians Gathering in Acts

I have previously indicated that the New Testament tells us four different ways that Christians, followers of Christ, should differ from others. One of those ways is that they should want to associate with other believers.

There are a number of occasions where we are told that the early Christians got together, for various reasons. I'm not sure that I have found them all, and I may have misinterpreted some, but here are brief descriptions of several times when the Christians joined together, or when people who were about to become Christians joined together, as found in Acts, and copied from the World English Bible, which is public domain:

1:15a In these days, Peter stood up in the middle of the disciples (and the number of names was about one hundred twenty)

2:1 Now when the day of Pentecost had come, they were all with one accord in one place.

2:46 Day by day, continuing steadfastly with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread at home, they took their food with gladness and singleness of heart, 47 praising God, and having favor with all the people. The Lord added to the assembly day by day those who were being saved.

4:23 Being let go, [from being arrested, Peter and John] . . . came to their own company, and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them. 24a When they heard it, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord,

5:12b They were all with one accord in Solomon’s porch.

6:2 The twelve summoned the multitude of the disciples and said, “It is not appropriate for us to forsake the word of God and serve tables.

9:19 He took food and was strengthened. Saul stayed several days with the disciples who were at Damascus.

10:25 When Peter entered, Cornelius met him, fell down at his feet, and worshiped him. 26 But Peter raised him up, saying, “Stand up! I myself am also a man.” 27 As he talked with him, he went in and found many gathered together.

11:25 Barnabas went out to Tarsus to look for Saul. 26 When he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. For a whole year they were gathered together with the assembly, and taught many people. The disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.

12:12 Thinking about that, he came to the house of Mary, the mother of John who was called Mark, where many were gathered together and were praying. 

15:12 All the multitude kept silence, and they listened to Barnabas and Paul reporting what signs and wonders God had done among the nations through them.

16:13 On the Sabbath day we went outside of the city by a riverside, where we supposed there was a place of prayer, and we sat down, and spoke to the women who had come together. 14 A certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, one who worshiped God, heard us; whose heart the Lord opened to listen to the things which were spoken by Paul. 15 When she and her household were baptized, she begged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and stay.” So she persuaded us.
16a As we were going to prayer, 

17:10 The brothers* immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Beroea. When they arrived, they went into the Jewish synagogue.
11 Now these were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of the mind, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so. 12 Many of them therefore believed; also of the prominent Greek women, and not a few men.

18:1 After these things Paul departed from Athens, and came to Corinth. 2 He found a certain Jew named Aquila, a man of Pontus by race, who had recently come from Italy, with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to depart from Rome. He came to them, 3 and because he practiced the same trade, he lived with them and worked, for by trade they were tent makers. 4 He reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and persuaded Jews and Greeks.

19:1 While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul, having passed through the upper country, came to Ephesus, and found certain disciples. 2 He said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?”
They said to him, “No, we haven’t even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”
3 He said, “Into what then were you baptized?”
They said, “Into John’s baptism.”
4 Paul said, “John indeed baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe in the one who would come after him, that is, in Jesus.”
5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 When Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke with other languages and prophesied. 7 They were about twelve men in all. 8 He entered into the synagogue, and spoke boldly for a period of three months, reasoning and persuading about the things concerning God’s Kingdom. 

20:7 On the first day of the week, when the disciples were gathered together to break bread, Paul talked with them, intending to depart on the next day, and continued his speech until midnight.

21:17 When we had come to Jerusalem, the brothers* received us gladly.

28:30 Paul stayed two whole years in his own rented house, and received all who were coming to him, 31 preaching God’s Kingdom, and teaching the things concerning the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness, without hindrance.

*A text note indicates that the word translated as "brothers," could have been translated as "brothers and sisters," or "men and women."

Thanks for reading. Read Acts.


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