Week of August 27 - Day 5

Day 5--Read: Acts 2:44-47

 44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.

Reflect: What were early Christians demonstrating by selling their possessions? What are some of the unique challenges we face as a church when it comes to engaging deeply with each other?

Consider: Three thousand new believers had entered the Christian community on Pentecost. As time went on, the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. The 120 undoubtedly continued their witness, but God gave that gift to all who had believed and received His Spirit. God engineered the outpouring of His Spirit on Pentecost, not only for the benefit of those who would be there, but for all who would hear in the future. The new believers from the three continents took the good news of Jesus home with them.5

Respond: What impact do you think the early church’s community had on its rapid growth (v. 47)? What does the world learn about God through healthy Christian community?

 

5 Ibid, 48.