Day 5 Read: Acts 2:42-47 again!
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: When have you felt the strongest sense of fellowship with other believers? What was the atmosphere of the early church like as they grew and fellowshipped together (v. 43)? What types of relationships did early believers have with one another? What contributed to this?
Consider: Continued together in close fellowship includes the same Greek expression which was rendered “in all” (1:15) and “in one place” (2:1). The meaning of the phrase here seems to be that they were drawn together in Christian fellowship (see NEB “all whose faith had drawn them together”) rather than that they were all living in one place (see JB “the faithful all lived together”). The expression continued together in close fellowship is an excellent rendering in English of a rather abstract expression in Greek. In other languages, however, quite different forms may be required, for example, “they remained near one another,” “they continued to be one group,” “they continued as a loyal group, “or “they were very much together.”5
Respond: What did the early church do to demonstrate care for each other? What is the difference between intentional fellowship and “hanging out”? What are some similar actions we could do to support members of our own gospel community?
5 Barclay Moon Newman and Eugene Albert Nida, A Handbook on the Acts of the Apostles, UBS Handbook Series (New York: United Bible Societies, 1972), 64–65.