Acts 2:42-47 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need. 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, praising God and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.
This continues on a short series about what the church is to be – God’s blueprint according to the verses above. The first part is here which probably should be read as well.
So, secondly, they were a Teachable Church as “they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine”. One of the reasons that they had teachable hearts was because they had devoted hearts (from the previous post). The ministry of teaching sound doctrine is at the core of what the early church did. The most basic function of the church is to teach sound doctrine. What does that look like? Well here’s what it doesn’t look like: it is not to give someone’s opinion about a text; it is not to give a persons political preference; it is not to give a persons ethical inclination; neither is to give warm fuzzy stories that makes our hearts glow and feel encouraged; it is not even to share personal testimony; it doesn’t involve engaging in programs or present entertaining shows. The basic function of the church is to preach the word.
Why is that important? Because the psalmist said that “The entirety of Your word is truth”. All of it is truth. 1 Tim 3:15 says that the church is the “ground of the truth” – meaning that the churches mainstay & foundation is the truth. So what does a church do if it doesn’t have truth? A church is not a church if it does not have truth. Truth is what separates the church from all other bodies of people, truth is a distinguishing mark of the church and of God’s people. A church cannot be a church unless they teach God’s Word. Jesus said in John 8:31 “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” Paul was so convinced that the Word was central to the church he wrote two letters that focus mainly on that very thing: he wrote to Titus who was an early church leader (2:1) and exhorted him to “speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine”. Paul wrote to Timothy, another young pastor – 2 Tim 1:13-14: “Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me”;
2 Tim 2:1-2: “You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also”;
2 Tim 2:15: “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth”
2 Tim 4:1-2: “I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: 2Preach the word! “
The early church’s devotion to God was made manifest by their uncompromising commitment to teaching God’s Word.