“Church: Day One” (A Study Guide on Acts 1-2)
When we think of church, why is a building the first thing that comes to mind? Is church a place full of robes and pews? Bands and banners? Or is church meant to be something different?
Originally, the church began as a movement. Not only did the teachings launch the church, but the testimonies of those who witnessed the life and resurrection of Jesus Christ. A moment in history began this movement.
However, when about 300 years passed, the definition of the church transitioned from a “movement” to a “location” (kirche – German word for the “Lord’s house”), which may be considered a form of retrogression to the Old Testament temple/synagogue.
*Derivatives of CHURCH: EKKLESIA (Gr.) = assembly, gathering, congregation
*William Tyndale – 16th century scholar/translator; he was the first to translate considerable parts of the Bible into English for a public, lay readership. Sadly, he was betrayed by a friend, named a heretic, was strangled and burnt at the stake.
- What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of church?
- What were your first/early experiences of attending church? Were those positive or negative experiences?
- Read Matthew 16:17-18 and Acts 1:7-8. In your words, how would you define church? How would you define the mission of the church?
- After reading the first two chapters in Acts, what sticks out to you the most about that “first day” of church?
- If the church began as a movement, how do you see the church moving today?
- If the church began as a movement, what can you do to be a part of that movement?
Changing Your Mind
Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off – for all whom the Lord our God will call.” Acts 2:38-39
Time to Level Up
We are the church or “temples” of God (Holy Spirit; cf. 1 Cor. 6:19). Therefore, we should start living like one.
*Note: Items written in this study guide were a combination of the author/blogger’s personal research and those from North Point Community Church’s “Big Church” series.