Week of August 25 - Day 5

Day 5 Read: Acts 2:42-47

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: According to these verses, what are marks of a healthy church? What attitudes accompanied these actions?

Consider: Had all things common. Just as the Transfiguration gave a passing glimpse of the state of glory, so here we have a specimen of what Christian love and unity in its perfection, and unchecked by contact with the world without, would and perhaps someday will, produce.5

Respond: What did the people demonstrate by selling their possessions and by their unified commitment to the church? Which of these actions—fellowship, worship, discipleship, and evangelism—do you more naturally gravitate toward? Why is the balance of all four important for the individual Christian and the church as a whole? What would you do differently if you really expected God to add thousands of new believers to the church today?

5 H. D. M. Spence-Jones, ed., Acts of the Apostles, vol. 1, The Pulpit Commentary (London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company, 1909), 55.