“And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.” -Acts 2:42-47
This section of scripture has really struck me recently. So much so, that we here at FLOW have decided to implement this into the core of our philosophy in ministry. Previous to this in scripture, Peter denied Jesus three times. When I think of denying knowing someone, the first picture that comes to my head is a teenager asking their parent to drop them off down the street so as to not be seen with them. Peter didn’t just deny an old friend or parent he was embarrassed by, but the Creator of the universe, the man that was to later die for Peter.
Then in the beginning of Acts we see Peter is the first one to rally the troops for Christ-the man he just said he didn’t know. Peter gave the first sermon in Acts and three thousand people were saved. By a man that just denied Jesus! What a powerful image: even us, broken sinners, can be used by God to share the gospel.
At the end of Acts 2 it says this group of new Christians devoted themselves to four things: the teachings of the apostles, fellowship, breaking of bread, and prayer. This was their way of life. These four things are what we at FLOW want to instill into our ministry, our mentors, our students, and our own lives.
We want to be a ministry that devotes our lives to the teachings of the Scriptures. We believe the Word of God is living and active, cuts through bone and marrow, and because of that, changes lives. We want to teach the Word faithfully and diligently. We do not want to shy away from the truths in the Scriptures and how they have shaped our own lives. We are excited to see how the Word will come alive to others that hear it, maybe for the first time, or maybe for the first meaningful time.
Second, we want to be a people of fellowship. Not just the “meet you at Starbucks” fellowship, but the daily fellowship of living life with others. This plays into us moving into the neighborhood of East Fort Worth to be ingrained into the community there. We want to be good neighbors, serve our neighbors, love our neighbors, and be generous to our neighbors. We also want you to join us in this fellowship. Verse 45 says “And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing all the proceeds to all, as any had need.” When one was in need, another part of the body stepped up and provided for their needs. They knew that all they owned already belonged to the Lord, so as part of their fellowship, they simply shared what the Lord had given them. John Piper would say this about Biblical fellowship:
“The radical fellowship of Acts 2:44–45 was antidote for the suicide of materialism committed by the man who built bigger and bigger barns and lost his soul.”
Let us not be a people who gain the whole world only to forfeit our souls. Join us!
Third is the breaking of bread. Verse 46 says that “day by day” they broke bread together in their homes. The simple act of sharing a meal together generated glad and generous hearts. This bonded these Christians as they also grew in fellowship in this way. As mentors and as a way of ministering to the community of East Fort Worth, we want to be generous in the breaking of bread. To not fear inviting others into our home to share a meal and minister in this simple way. This brought a sense of unity to the early believers, the same unity we hope to bring in our ministry.
Last is prayer. We have been convicted here at FLOW to really be faithful in prayer and are asking you to join us in that as well. We believe that the Lord hears our prayers and answers our prayers and is able and willing to provide for what we need, as He is limitless in His resources. Moving forward in the next few months we will be praying for specific things for FLOW. If you would like to be included in this and are not already connected to our newsletter you can sign up here. Pray for favor, for hearts to be open to us and the gospel, for the students we have already been able to know and serve, for vision, for mentors, for continued opportunities for FLOW to reach others, for financial favor, for unity with other ministries and churches in the neighborhoods, and for faithfulness for us to continue to walk out the call to serve this community.
The closing verse of chapter 2 of Acts says “And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.” We believe that it is in the day by day grind of ministry, the faithfulness of the saints, the gospel centered relationships and, above all, the transforming work of the gospel that will add to the number of those being saved here in our city.