In Acts 2:42 those who responded to Peter’s first gospel address on the day of Pentecost were baptized and continued steadfastly in the Apostles doctrine, and in fellowship, and in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.
The step of obedience by being baptized showed their inward faith in the Lord Jesus was not a passing phase but a real genuine experience. For many it put their lives in danger, exposing them to all kinds of persecution, hardships and even death itself.
The first thing recorded of them was they continued steadfastly in the Apostles doctrine (teaching). This means they were totally committed to being taught by the Apostles and did not through all the circumstances they would pass deviate away from it.
Apostles Doctrine Revealed
We must remember what was given to them orally is now brought to us through the printed page. Every time the Epistles are read we have what they heard. Now how committed are you to it? What began in the first church in Jerusalem became a pattern for all to follow.
Paul, in a later day bringing the gospel to the Gentiles, established new churches following what was already set in place. It is said of the Thessalonians “they became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word with much affliction, and joy of the Holy Spirit (1:6). You became followers of the Churches of God which in Judea are in Christ Jesus (2:14).”
Apostles Doctrine Applied
There was a recent question asking why some are leaving our assemblies and seeking other places. While there are a few who do leave, there is a great group of young people staying and they have a thirst for the Word of God. This article is to encourage you to take heed to the words of Paul to “give attention to reading, exhortation, to doctrine (1 Timothy 4:13)”.
He also exhorts to “meditate upon those things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all. Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine, continue in them, for in doing this you will both save yourself and them that hear you” (4:15- 16 NKJV). This means the Word of God provides a good foundation for life individually and commits you to the assembly corporately.
Apostles Doctrine Inspired
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped in every good work.” You will notice in order for us to be fitted for true godly living and service we need a right understanding of the Holy Scriptures.
Everything we are taught in Scripture comes not from the ideas or theories of men or women but what is given to us from God through His apostles.
Apostles Doctrine Rejected
In writing to Timothy, Paul tells him to warn the Ephesian assembly to teach no other doctrine, 1 Timothy 1:3. There is a danger when we move away from the truth which was taught and pay attention to fables, genealogies, which minister questions rather than godly edification, 1 Timothy 1:4.
This is an age where there is a constant questioning of what we believe and practice bringing in the condition of 2 Timothy 4:3 “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, heap for themselves teachers who will turn their ears away from the truth and be turned to fables.”
Our attitude to the Word of God determines whether we will obey it or not!