Acts 2:42 is describing the first Christians when it says: “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”
These early believers worked all week just like you. Yet, they gathered each Sunday and devoted themselves to the following four spiritual disciplines.
God’s Word is the surest source of work-life wisdom, and it can benefit all workers in every occupation.
Paul says in 2 Timothy 3:16, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,” and Proverbs 8:10 instructs you to “Choose my instruction instead of silver.” In the workplace we say “knowledge is power,” but knowledge of God’s Word is the source code of power.
Increase your understanding of the apostles’ teaching through your local church’s various ministries.
Christian fellowship begins vertically with Jesus Christ and extends horizontally throughout his Body, the church. The Greek word for “fellowship” is koinonia, which conveys partnership, communion, and close relationship.
Jesus promises you in Matthew 18:20, “For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.” Your Christ-centric, church-based relationships allow you the freedom to learn, to grow, and to express yourself independent of the restrictions of the Monday through Friday workplace.
Breaking of Bread
In the first century, the church gathered in the homes of believers for a common meal (the bread was hard back then and had to be broken in pieces). They joined in fellowship, worshipped God, shared his Word, and celebrated the Lord’s Supper.
This is what Paul is referring to in Acts 20:7 when he declares, “On the first day of the week we came together to break bread.” These home churches were the precursors to today’s larger church gatherings.
The Greek word for “church” is ekklesia, which means an assembly or gathering of people. The whole church, local and worldwide, is ekklesia, which is a called out gathering of like-minded brothers and sisters in Christ.
Hebrews 10:25 commands, “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing.” We are called to community with other believers and that community begins with our local church. Christians are not spiritual lone rangers.
The prayer referred to here is corporate prayer. Galatians 6:2 instructs us to “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”
Are you anxious about something at work? Do you need God’s help with your job or career? Ask your church family to pray for you just as you will be praying for them. Jesus says in Matthew 21:13, “My house will be called a house of prayer.”
What you do on Sunday at church makes life better from Monday through Friday at work.