And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved. Acts 2:42-47
A beautiful picture of Christian community is emerging in the early church. A people freshly filled with the Holy Spirit. A people on fire and on mission. A people deeply devoted to a kingdom bigger than themselves. They haven’t lost their first love or become lukewarm. It is the simplicity of fellowship and devotion to the Lord. So, what does it look like?
Devoting themselves to the Word. Devouring it together. Sitting under anointed teachers.
Fellowship with believers. Eating together. Praying together.
Witnessing wonders and signs outpouring from faith and obedience.
Taking care of one another. Sharing each other’s burdens.
Attending church together. Worshiping together.
Abundant gratitude and generosity.
And people on the outside notice. They want it.
Day by day new believers are added to the family.
God, let it be so in our lives.
Questions: How is your faith community similar to the early church? How does it differ? Are you in this type of Christian community?