Acts 2:42-47, And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. 43 And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. 44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common; 45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. 46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, 47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
You can’t help but read the Book of Acts and shake your head wondering what ever happened to the New Testament Church. Where can you find it today? That early church may not of had “silver and gold,” they might not of had their own buildings, let alone elaborate buildings, and they might not of had all of the resources, conferences, seminars, and the such that we have been blessed with today, but there are two things that the New Testament Church definitely had:
- They had God
- They had one another
The early church was comprised of a people who understood clearly, and lived out daily, “the simplicity in Christ.” They loved God, they loved one another, and they were passionate about reaching their fellow man with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
No doubt, one of the many areas where they seemed to excel in, and where we seemed to have dropped the ball, is the area of community and sharing. It is very apparent that the early church was no social club. They were a tight knit family (problems and all). If and when they saw a need, they did what they could to meet the need. The more you look at it, you can see that their sharing wasn’t so much a prescription for the community but a description of the community. As someone has said, “It wasn’t that they had community because they shared; they shared because they had community!”
There’s a lot of talk today about getting back to the “Old Paths.” Most of it, is just that, it’s just talk! If we want to get back to the “Old Paths” we can find it right here in the passage above, and one portion of “Old Path Christianity” is a community of believers who lived simply and shared consistently. As someone has said, “It is in the context of community, according to Scripture, that we discover our individual gifts and callings and discover how we are to make our unique contributions to the well-being and blessing of all.”
Just reflecting on the Acts of the Apostolic Church!!!