“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 and 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 NIV
In the early days of the church, believers gathered from all over, using what they had to meet each other’s needs. As a community, they worshipped and shared meals together. God gave us a deep longing for relationship and community. We need other believers to share life with and to encourage each other. When we find community, we discover a place where we can be authentic and honest. It is a place where we can read God's Word, pray for each other, and celebrate life’s moments together.
[Upward] What did this passage reveal to you about God? Praise him for being that God.
[Inward] What did this passage bring up in you? Be honest with God about your questions and shortcomings, your fears and desires.
[Outward] - What does this passage call me to in relationship to others in my world? Ask God to help you take your place in the new chapter of the Book of Acts that is being written in your life today.