2. Secondly, as worship is vital to local church-life, so is the closely related activity of prayer. Worship’s overall expression in the local church is intensified to the degree the local church emphasizes prayer. Jesus in the course of His earthly ministry expressed the following pattern of prayer for His people in Matthew 21:13; Mark 11:17 and Luke 19:46 as them coming together at the "house of prayer". God has so ordained that prayer and intercession be one of the chief ways in which He will come alongside us and in us to strengthen and grow the church.
3. So we’ve seen that worship and prayer are vital due to the way in which they provide a vertical focus to local church life. But now what about the third essential element – fellowship? Without fellowship, the necessary horizontal – or interpersonal - dimension of church life would be impossible. When you walk through Acts 2:43-46, you discover just how joyful and loving the early church must have been. These people were "feeling a sense of awe" (2:43); "who had believed were together and had all things in common" (2:44); "were sharing" (2:45); "one mind" (2:46); "taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart" (2:46).