The Body of Christ
Early Expression from Acts 2:44,46: And all those who believed were together
and day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart.
|||additional examples: Acts 11:26 (for an entire year they met with the church and taught many); Acts 12:12 (gathered together praying); Acts 14:27 (had gathered the church together); Acts 15:30 (gathered the congregation together, they delivered the letter); Acts 20:8 (upper room with Eutychus); I Corinthians 5:4 (when you are assembled, with the power of the Lord Jesus)
Acts 1:14; 2:1; 2:46; 4:24; 5:12; 15:25; Romans 15:6; Philippians 2:2
|||additional notes: one accord/one mind is from strong #3661: A unique Greek word, used 10 of its 12 New Testament occurrences in the Book of Acts, helps us understand the uniqueness of the Christian community. Homothumadon is a compound of two words meaning to passionately rushalong and in unison. The image is almost musical; a number of notes are sounded which, while different, come together in pitch and tone.
Brethren, you were made to die to the Law [Mosaic covenant?] through [the death of?] the body of Christ, that you might be joined [strongs #1096: become, be made, arise, be married] to another [Christ], to Him who was raised from the dead, that we might bear fruit for God.
For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.
|||additional examples: I Corinthians 10:16-17 (one bread/cup/body); Ephesians 2:13-16; 3:6 (jew-gentile)
I Corinthians 12:24-27
there should be no division in the body, but the members should have the same care for one another.
He [Christ, the Son] is Head [Leader? Chief? Captain? Director?] of the body, the church;
Let no one keep defrauding you
not holding fast to the Head, from which the entire body, being supplied and held together by the joints [strongs #860: bond, connection] and ligaments [strongs #4886: that which binds or bundles together], grows with a growth which is from God.
I Corinthians 11:18
When you come together as a church, I hear that divisions exist among you
I Corinthians 14:12
since you are zealous of spiritual gifts [while gathered together?], seek to abound/excel for the edification of the church.
I will proclaim Your name to My brethren. In the midst of the congregation [strongs #1577: assembly, gathering] I will sing Your praise.
Q. How may breaking bread from house to house help to define gathering together?
Q. Where do we know one accord today, and how may we get there from here?
Q. What are these joints and ligaments which bond, bind & bundle us together?
Q. When coming together reveals divisions, what may be said? What may be done?
Q. For what purpose (if any) should the church come together?
Acts 2:46; I Corinthians 11:17-34
I Corinthians 14:26