In Acts 2, we read of many wonderful events that took place as the Church began to take form. We see the Holy Spirit make a dramatic entry into the disciples as they are all together. We read of Peter’s great sermon of how he explained what had happened, gave a great account of Christ and his death, resurrection, and exaltation, and finally a plea for all to repent and be baptized. About 3000 people who witnessed the events of this day gave their lives over to Christ, but more importantly, gave their lives over to each other.
In the verses following these great events, we read in verses 42-47 of how the Church community began to form. It was marked by the people devoting themselves to the work of teaching, fellowship, breaking of bread and prayer. From these verses we learn that the church was not just a gathering of people who came together on Sunday for an hour or two, but a group that was dedicated to each other at all times.
The church is facing an interesting dilemma right now across the country. Generations are growing more and more segregated over issues. Most of these issues are not even scriptural issues, but traditional issues. When this occurs, the congregations become even more divided, and you end up with 3 or 4 different camps within one body. Maybe the reason churches are struggling more over these things is because there is a lack of community in the church. Sadly, people are more willing to argue and divide than they are willing to devote themselves to each other as the first century church did.
Acts 2:47 says they praised God and enjoyed the favor of all the people. Because of that, God added to their number daily. Will you enjoy the favor of all the people you worship with today? Will you be willing to make that happen more than just on Sunday morning? Can we put petty differences to the side and join together to spread the good news of Jesus to all? Let’s be a community of believers, and devote ourselves to each other!