Life in the Early Church

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

Acts 2:42-47

Luke abruptly shifts the scene from Pentecost to a summation of the period that followed in which he tells us what they did and how they lived during this early time. What is there for me to add to this picture?

Not much. There is one thing: For me at least, there are two references here that are easy to miss: First, notice that during this period they are said to have enjoyed “the favor of all the people” and finally, the Lord “added to their number daily”. When the love of Christ shines through the Body of believers into the larger community, amazing and wonderful things happen.

With that, I’ll bid you farewell for now.

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5 thoughts on “Life in the Early Church”

  1. Yes, amazing and wonderful things DO happen when we devote ourselves to the Apostle’s teaching without trying to put our own “spin” on them. When we pervert the Gospel, things go downhill in a hurry, as we are seeing today with the many pseudo-Christian churches around our land. Bad doctrine never produces good results.

    Blessings!

    Steve

  2. ” When the love of Christ shines through the Body of believers into the larger community, amazing and wonderful things happen.”

    That, too, is a bit of wisdom and truth easily missed, my prophet friend.

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