Understanding God's Design
From the very first words of the Bible, it is very evident that God had a specific design in mind for His creation. Everything around us is evidence of an intelligent designer. God’s creation is just one area in the scriptures where we see His intelligent design. God gave specific instructions for Noah when he built the ark. He gave specific instruction on how He wanted the Tabernacle and Temple built. He gave specific laws on how He wanted His children to live on earth. Throughout all of scripture, we see God has a design He wants followed. Why would His church be any different?
In Acts chapter two, as Peter is delivering the first Gospel sermon, it is evident that God even had a specific design put in place for His church.
First they heard the Gospel: In the middle of Peter’s sermon, the text says, “Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart” (Acts 2:37). What are we doing to make sure other people are hearing the Gospel? It is our job to teach and preach to all the nations (Matt 28:19).
Second, they were baptized: I don’t think it’s a coincidence that when they heard about Jesus dying and being resurrected from the dead, they asked what they needed to do. Which mean our faith in Jesus requires action. That starts with baptism. Peter’s response was to “repent, and let every one of you be baptized” (Acts 2:38). However, our faith requires action everyday. We should be living each day in a way that pleases Christ.
Third, they continued in what they were doing: It’s very important to understand that after the people were baptized, the church had more work to do. Being baptized is just the beginning. Everyone thinks that once you are dipped in water, then your part is done. The text tells us that they “continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship” (Acts 2:42). They continued to follow the doctrine (God’s design for the church) given by Jesus to the apostles. But they also continued in fellowship. They worked together to fulfill God’s plan. How does the church today compare to the church in Acts 2? They should be the same if we are both following God’s plan.