This week we will study the basic elements of life within the church: the community of believers in Jesus Christ. The book of Acts is the story of the expansion of the church. It records a series of snapshots of the church at various stages of its development. Of special interest is the first accounting of what life among the believers was like at its inception right after the Day of Pentecost and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and signs were being performed through the apostles. Now all the believers were together and held all things in common. They sold their possessions and property and distributed the proceeds to all, as any had need. Every day they devoted themselves to meeting together in the temple, and broke bread from house to house. They ate their food with joyful and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. Every day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved. (Acts 2:43-47)
Pastor John’s Notes:
This is a beautiful picture indeed. It reminds us that our spiritual life in Christ is not merely something to be experienced individually, but corporately with other believers. The word “Church” literally means, “the ones who are called out,” and refers to the official citizenship of a town or village who were called out of their homes to come to an official gathering where they would discuss and vote on matters pertaining to the health, security, and expansion of their town. Jesus used this term to describe the nature of citizenship in the kingdom. It is a joy for us to be citizens of the kingdom, but it also means that there is work for us to do together.
Thank you, Lord, that you have made us part of your church. Let us experience the joy of sharing life with other believers. Let us also work together to envision ways of expanding your kingdom.