Thriving Christian Community
Read Acts 2:44-47
And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.
Based on these verses, what are some key things we should do as we enjoy fellowship with other believers?
We are given this beautiful image of the first century church in the second chapter of Acts. Doesn’t it sound dreamy? It’s a lovely vision of the way all of us would like to experience community. Yet at times—especially when I experience a bad day at my own church—I catch myself wondering if Luke (the author) was making things up. Maybe you read that passage of Scripture and, like me, thought, Yeah, right … that was then, and this is now. Things are so different today.
But in reality, these verses in Acts give us a true and accurate representation of how things were going in the early church. So, maybe God inspired Luke to jot down these words so they’d one day serve as model for the church, a snapshot of how the Lord intends us to live together.
What did these early Christians have that we can cultivate in our own lives and church communities? How were they able to build such a safe community where people could tell each other they were struggling and have that need met, right there in—of all places—their church? Three reasons. In Bible times, the Christian church was a place to come together as (1) a community of believers, (2) a place to meet each other’s needs, and (3) a safe harbor where we could celebrate our faith in Jesus.
Yep—this kind of church sounds dreamy. Yet experiencing a thriving Christian community isn’t out of reach. Getting there begins with you.
Lord, I want to nurture a thriving community in my own church. Show me how to love, serve, and encourage those around me. Amen.