Thriving Christian Community

June 23, 2020

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.

 
Reflect

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.  


Pray

Lord, I want to nurture a thriving community in my own church. Show me how to love, serve, and encourage those around me. Amen.

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Hey James! Welcome to the family! God used and uses everyday people to serve the body of Christ and reach the lost, so you're in good company. :) Are you plugged into a local church? If not, maybe start there. Also, I'd suggest you to "ask" those you know how you can help. I'm not sure the context of your help, but I believe God has given you a unique shape (spiritual gifts, heart, abilities, personality, and experiences.). Lean into those and God will use you right where He has you!
To be in a great to be in fellowship one another.
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This is my prayer . May I be able source of healing, a shoulder of compassion. Lord may my life praise you
Thank u god i want to be a doer of your word and not a hearer only keep me from evil amen
AND ALL MY FAMILY;TOO;ETC
DEAR HEAVENLY FATHER;JESUS PLEASE HELP ME BE YOUR SERVANT TO PLEASE YOU;THANKYOUJESUS!@1 your child;Virginia R.Gomez Garcia
I love it. Thanks for the words that was spoken today.
Thank you!! As I read today's meditation my heart was saying 'yes Lord' this is the community of believers I want to be a part of! In reality it's not! In some instance love, trust and caring for others are missing, and 'self' takes center stage! Lord, forgive us as we come in repentance for the way we as a community of believers have 'grown lukewarm' in our relationship with You and each other. Help us to return to You our First Love, and in loving, caring and trusting relationships with each other.
Amen. I am New to salvation and I am willing to help others but I don't know how to help. I don't feel like I have anything that anyone would want. I'm a very simple country boy that barely made it through school and I am not the sharpest tool in the shed. I would love to be able to help if I knew how. Thank you for the Good Word. God bless
Yes; please pray with me in that I will learn how to show love, even in tough situations. Thank You!
This is how today's church should always
Love this subject
Loving Jesus produces love for other believers. The more we find Jesus as our treasure we will treasure others who treasure him. Love happens in those situations. Thank you Jesus for loving us. Amen
Really enjoyed reading this.