In the Book of Acts, we receive a sense of what a vibrant church community looks like. In looking at this passage, we get a sense of what a new church might strive for. Please take a moment and read Acts 2.
Acts 2:42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.
How would our Community be described? To reflect the early church’s Biblical example of fellowship, we would need to cultivate vibrant home communities that extend the fellowship of our Sunday worship into the homes of our members. These communities would be both formal in announced gatherings and hopefully informal in reflection of a desire to be among one another. Here the needs of the gathering are shared, addressed with Gospel hope, and met with practical and spiritual support.