“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, NIV)
And here is the kicker: God’s saving work didn’t stop back in the first century! God continues the same work in the world through His church today. The same Spirit that moved then moves now, through us, as we live out our identity and calling as the body of Christ.
When we read the book of Acts, we see a group of people who were gripped by the good news of Jesus and lit up by the Holy Spirit. We get a front row seat to see how they came together as a community of faith to live out being the church on mission with God.
We have an upcoming opportunity to dive into that same lifestyle. Beginning September 30 we will follow the example of the early church and meet in homes every week for seven weeks. Together we will use a resource called “Being the Church” where we will live out seven core practices that we see in Acts 2. The first practice on the list is that they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching – so we will explore scripture together. They ate together – so will we. And the list goes on, but you can experience being the church on a deep level by signing up to be in one of these home groups. They will meet on different days of the week and in different locations. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.