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If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do? Psalms 11:3

Twelve Foundational Stones

After being pierced to the heart by the first sermon in church history, the people asked Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Brethren, what shall we do?" And Peter said to them, "Repent, and let each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and your children, and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God shall call to Himself." Acts 2:37-39

And with many other words he solemnly testified and kept on exhorting them, saying, "Be saved from this perverse generation!" Acts 2:40

We do not know the content of those many other words spoken by Peter, but in Acts 2:41-47 we see the response of the people to them.

So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and there were added that day about three thousand souls.

And they were continually devoting themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. And everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles.

And all those who had believed were together, and had all things in common; and they began selling their property and possessions, and were sharing with them all, as anyone might have need.

And day be 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, praising God, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.

Out of this passage of scripture in Acts 2:40-47, we find 12 foundational principles that were necessary for the inception of the church and are still relevant today. These principles are found through out the word of God. Some things were done out of necessity at that time and are not common today, but the principle that we learn from those things is still relevant to us. Many of those who came to Jerusalem in 30 AD were from out of town and were there to celebrate the Feasts of Passover and Pentecost. Up until the time the Holy Spirit filled the Upper Room, it was just another ordinary feast. But this year was different. This year a man who was accused of being King of the Jews had been on trial, was crucified, buried, rose again 3 days later, and ascended into heaven after giving His disciples instructions. Upon His word, the disciples had been waiting and praying in the Upper Room. And then came the sermon by Peter where 3,000 people got born again on the first day of the church. Many of these people did not live in Jerusalem, but were from other parts of the world and chose to stay in Jerusalem to be a part of the church.

As the church began to grow, we find that the people began to walk in these 12 principles:

  • Apostles' Teaching

  • Fellowship

  • Breaking Bread

  • Prayer

  • Fear of God

  • Signs and Wonders

  • Equality

  • Spirit of Unity

  • Joyous Contentment

  • Praise

  • Favor

  • Identification


  • The importantance of these 12 foundational stones are found in the book of Revelation 21:1-3,14 which says,

    And I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea.

    And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband.

    And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, "Behold the tabernacle of God is among men, and He shall dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be among them,"

    And the wall of the city had twelve foundation stones, and on them were the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

    This certainly speaks of the bride of Christ who has made herself ready for the Bridegroom. And how did she make herself ready? It is possible that she prepared herself by walking in the foundational stones that were laid by the apostles at the inception of the church and have continued through the ages.

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    Building up the house of God
    Apostles' Teaching
    Fellowship
    Breaking Bread
    Prayer
    Fear of God
    Signs & Wonders
    Equality
    Spirit of Unity
    Joyous Contentment
    Praise
    Favor
    Identification
    Spirit led living
    Spiritual Authority