Studying God's Word - A Priority of the Early Church
And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.
- Acts 2:42
Luke could have brought a lot of things to our attention about the early church as he recorded its history in the book of Acts. After all, the early church was vibrant, joyful, and rapidly expanding. But Luke made a point of reminding us that the first-century Christians studied the Scriptures together.
It could have been a temptation for these believers to look back with great fondness on Pentecost and say, "Why can't every service be like Pentecost? Remember the Holy Spirit coming upon us and the divided flames of fire? Remember all of the languages we spoke?" But Pentecost was like the explosion that started the engine. And instead of reminiscing, the church was reveling in the Word of God.