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What must every church biblically be doing?

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. Acts 2:42-47
            If we look at the first church, after the day of Pentecost, as the attendance increased to 3,000 in one day, we could get a good idea what churches should be doing.  Remember, “church” means individual believers.  It’s whatever everyone should be doing, not just the staff.
1.      They loved the Bible
2.      They loved being together
3.      They did communion
4.      They prayed together
5.      They shared their resources
6.      They met as much as they could together
7.      They ate together
8.      They praised together
9.      They received guests on a regular basis
All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need.  Acts 5:32-35
            Later on, we see the church in Acts 5 continue to meet the needs of the people and show great power through giving.