This week, we began a new sermon series called, Heaven on Earth. The beauty of the transformative power of the gospel is that today, the body of Christ can be a taste of heaven here on earth. One element of this is that the Church ought to be a place where community and care are defining characteristics. Today, we take a look at the early Church to learn how we are to live this out.
42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 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, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
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- What does your current community look like?
- If someone new were welcomed into your current community, how would they describe it?
- For you, what is challenging about the community described in the passage?
- What’s one step you would like to take with the people the Lord has already given you to help your community reflect that shown in Acts 2?
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