Daily they met together in the temple courts and in one another’s homes to celebrate communion. They shared meals together with joyful hearts and tender humility. They were continually filled with praises to God, enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord kept adding to their number daily those who were coming to life.
Acts 2:46-47 (The Passion Translation)
These verses are what many of us hope for. We want to live in community… to know people and to be known. We want to live with generous people who meet one another’s needs. We want to live in favor with all people. We desire to see people come to know Jesus and join the community each and every day. The picture painted in these verses is so idyllic it is almost impossible to believe!
It did happen for the people of the early church. They did live in deep community. They did celebrate life together. In the past when we have attempted to find this type of community, we have simply declared, “This is how it should be!” Then when our reality didn’t measure up (at The Gathering or the churches some of us grew up in), we thought that we failed. Could it be that we skipped a step? Could it be that the results (community, shared-meals, and generosity) are not the steps to achieve it?
A few verses earlier we read…
A deep sense of holy awe swept over everyone, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders.
Acts 2:43 (TPT)
What if community and people coming to know Jesus are the results of Spirit-filled, power experiencing, signs & wonders believing Christ-followers? Woah. And what if the experience of Holy Spirit power was always preceded by the church praying? Hmm. Would that change how we saw ourselves? Would that impact our world as Heaven came to Earth?
Join us this July & August as we spend time in the New Testament book of Acts. Acts is more than a collection of stories from the early church. It is more than the “Acts of the Apostles.” (Although it is both of these!) Acts describes how we are to live once we have encountered the risen Christ and have been filled with the Holy Spirit.