And the Lord ADDED to the Church...
Acts 2:42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
The Believers who got born again started living life together.
The continued in the Word. This is called discipleship. John 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
They connected with one another in fellowship and sharing meals together. Hebrews 10:24 And let us consider how to spur one another on to love and good deeds. 25 Let us not neglect meeting together, as some have made a habit, but let us encourage one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
They consecrated themselves through prayer and reverence. Eph 6:18 Pray in the Spirit at all times, with every kind of prayer and petition. To this end, stay alert with all perseverance in your prayers for all the saints.
They Contributed to the needs of others. They did it through serving and financial support for individual needs. Gal 6:10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
They celebrated through praise. Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.
Acts 2:47 And the Lord added to the church daily such as were getting saved.
Acts 2:41 41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.
As a result of the Body of Christ living an exciting Christian life together, the Lord added more people to the Church (Body of Christ). As people were getting saved by the power of the Holy Spirit, they were joining the church. I believe these excited fired up people were inviting as many people as they could to the gatherings. I also believe they were sharing their faith with those people. God added to the Church, but the people were actively witnessing and inviting.
If the Body of Christ would follow the early church model (Acts 2:42-47) with no egos, secular thought patterns, or bad motives, but pure motives to make disciples and love one another and the community, then the Lord will add to the church (corporate body of Christ) like never before.
Here's an overview of what we should do:
Teach the Word with the thought and motive of making disciples ONLY.
Eat meals together. Build relationships and connect on a daily basis.
Attend the gatherings and don’t neglect meeting together. Meet as much as possible.
Have a reverence or fear for God and the supernatural.
Believe for wonders and signs to be done in our gatherings and communities.
Pray to God. Pray for one another.
Give to the needs of others with a pure heart.
Praise God! Be excited about the goodness of God and what He's doing in the church. It’s contagious!
Share your faith with others and invite people to the local church CONSISTENTLY!
The early church showed us a lifestyle. This is how the Believers should live. The early church was contagious. It was organic. It was not a program or a church growth strategy. They were just living the Christian life together and the church was growing. It’s that simple. Do we want God to add to the Body of Christ and add to our local churches? Then let’s get back to the way they did it! Make it a lifestyle and not a church growth strategy.