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TL-12 - Continuing In The Apostles’ Doctrine

“And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers” (Acts 2:42). Welcome to our study of continuing in the apostles’ doctrine. As we examine this subject, let us first realize that we are not talking about following something that the apostles themselves created. When we follow the apostles’ doctrine, we are not following some sort of “apostles’ creed (or what is known as “the didache”—the teaching of the twelve”). The apostles’ doctrine is representative of New Testament Christianity. It is what the Holy Spirit inspired them to write down, and is what we have recorded in the Bible for us today. It is what the early Christians followed. If we want to be now what they were then, we must go back to the doctrine taught by the apostles of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. You will notice from Acts 2:42 that the early Christians “continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine.” This means that they stood firmly on, and were planted solidly in, that line of teaching. Continuing steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine was not something that those Christians did occasionally or that they did by chance. Rather, they were grounded and stood firmly upon the truth of the apostles’ doctrine. The word “doctrine” is simply another word for teaching. The apostles’ “doctrine” was set forth by Christ, the Lord and Savior. Those early Christians also continued in fellowship. Part of what made the first-century church strong was the Christians’ closeness. The greatest fellowship we have, of course, is with God through His Son Jesus Christ (1 Jn. 1:7-10). But we also have fellowship one with another as we live according to the teaching of Jesus. When we continue fellowshipping with one another, we do not have as many opportunities to fellowship with the world (Eph. 5: 11)