Live in Community: Fellowship

Sunday’s Scripture — January 23, 2022

Acts 2:41-47

Reflection

What do you think of this description of the early church?  It sounds practically perfect in every way, doesn’t it? The people were devoted to teaching and fellowship. They were filled with awe. Everyone was together and had everything in common.  They sold their goods and helped anyone in need. They met every single day. Their hearts were glad and sincere. And more joined them every day!

Wow!  What unity! What holiness!

Today, our culture is so individualistic that this biblical example might seem strange to us — or so perfect that it can’t possible be accurate. And before we idealize this particular community too much, let’s remember that they, too, were human and fallible. But this example suggests what the Holy Spirit can do in the life of a community. The experience and witness of a Christian community shows others that we live differently because of Jesus.

Sharing what we have – our time, our possessions, our daily bread – requires a commitment to the community. Sharing time in fellowship and eating together might seem commonplace, but they are essential acts of Christian life. This church in Acts answered humanity’s hopes for community, justice and generosity by living and acting in ways that pointed toward the risen Christ. For them and for us, the community of faith exists as an extension of the work of the Triune God.

Our lives, communal and individual, should reflect our experiences of God’s grace and action. The reign of God continues, whether we notice it or not, in our life together as a church.

Questions

  • What can the church today learn from the example of the early church described in Acts?
  • What are some of the benefits of living in community? What are some of the risks?

Prayer

God of fellowship and community, you have drawn us together to live as the Body of Christ in the world you so love. Open our eyes to how you are calling us to share what we have with others. We invite the Holy Spirit to guide our acts so that our community might better reflect the your reign.  Through our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

 

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