Day 5 Read: Acts 2:42-47
42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 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 strong evidences of small group community do you see here in these verses?
Consider: Fellowship (koinonia). From koinos, common. A relation between individuals which involves a common interest and a mutual, active participation in that interest and in each other. The word answers to the Latin communio, from communis, common. Hence, sometimes rendered communion, as 1 Cor. 10:16; 2 Cor. 13:14.5
Respond: Which of these actions—fellowship, worship, discipleship, ministry, and evangelism—do you more naturally gravitate toward? Why is the balance of all five important for the individual Christian and the church as a whole? What might happen if we tried to live out these values (worshipping, connecting, serving) on our own? 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 Marvin Richardson Vincent, Word Studies in the New Testament, vol. 1 (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1887), 456–457.