The second chapter of Acts is when we see the Holy Spirit coming upon the church and the church begins to fulfill it's mission. There are a few things that I notice in this chapter about the early church.  First thing, just as in the first chapter, the disciples wait for the Holy Spirit to come upon them (this is discussed in my last post).

The second thing that I observed is that the tongues of fire rested on all of the disciples (Acts 2:3). All of the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit and started to speak in tongues (Acts 2:4). This is all the Christians, not some, but all of them. There is a few very important words here in verse four. The NIV reads: "as the Spirit enabled them." This is saying that it was not by the power of the people, but by the power of the Holy Spirit were they able to speak in tongues. These tongues were not a spiritual language, but the tongues of other languages as we see evidance of in verses 8-11. The people knew that these were Jews and specifically Galileans. These Christians did not speak or understand the languages there were speaking. Now the Holy Spirit had a purpose for this occurance. It wasn't to make a big spectical, it was to provide an opportunity to share the gospel with the crowd.

My third observation on this passage is the opportunity to present the gospel. Peter takes the opportunity to stand up before the crowd and presents the gospel. Peter speaks plainly and boldly about the gospel. The result of this is the people see their need for salvation and ask Peter what they should do. Peter tells them that they must repent and be baptized (Acts 2:38). That is exactly what happens. This crowd repents and are baptized the same day. Verse 41 tells us that 3,000 were added to the church that day. What an incredable story; a great day of ministry. There is one point I need to make here. We see that Peter says to repent and be baptized. Peter didn't say they needed to repent, take a baptism course, prove their fruitfulness and then get baptized. No, He said repent and be baptized. Sometimes we as humans complicate things. There are some in the church that say that we need to see the fruit of a Christian and do a baptism course before we baptize the new believer. This is completely wrong and robes new Christians of acting in obedience by lying to them. When a person becomes saved and wants to obey through baptism how can we keep them from what they are commanded to do in scripture. Scripture doesn't say that we have to understand baptism before being baptized. No, they are to act in obedience and be baptized as soon as possible. And that may mean before next sunday. The fact that the new believer wants to be baptized is a sign of spiritual fruit, because they want to obey God. How dare we facilitate disobedience when we talk about fearing and obeying God.

My fourth observation is in the section of verses 42-47. We see here that the Christians devoted themselves to the apostles teaching, fellowship, the breaking of bread together and the selling of possessions to help each who was in need. From this we learn that the church focused on knowing God and caring for each other. What a beautiful sight, to see the church growing in their faith and connecting together.

The things we learn from this passage about the early church is that it obeyed Jesus and submitted to the Holy Spirit's leading, preached the gospel, devoted to Godly teaching, fellowship and care for the brethern. From chapter 1 and 2 we are already seeing a pattern of right Biblical teaching, fellowship and waiting on God. We as the church must follow this biblical pattern.