“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” Acts 2:42 NIV
This description of the earliest followers of Jesus depicts people with a common devotion.
These were new believers.
They responded to Peter’s Pentecost sermon and immediately connected with one another.
They shared a devotion to the various practices of the early church.
They participated with one another in the priorities and practices of the community that came to be known as “The Way.” It was years later when the early followers of Christ were first identified as “Christians.”
These men and women were united in their devotion to Jesus. They were committed to living life together, following the call of Christ in their everyday lives.
When we speak of church membership, we refer to something far deeper, far more impactful than simply adding names to a church roll. We are speaking about unity, community, and a shared commitment to a shared purpose.
That’s our focus this Sunday, November 8. Connection, or church membership.