Read through the passages - Acts 2:42-47
And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved. - (Acts 2:42-47 ESV)
Think Through the Text
- Look closely at how Luke describes the local church in verses 42 and 43. He doesn’t mention their building, their service times, or the upcoming sermon series. List out in your Bible or in the space below a list of what Luke mentions to describe the early church when it gathers.
- Verses 44 through 45 describe the radical way Christians lived at this time. At least 3,500 people were living this way. What are some pros you can think of for Christians to live this way? What are some cons?
- Do verses 46 and 47 speak to your list of pros and cons at all?
- Verse 47 ends, “And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.” Imagine yourself alive at that time, what would you have liked about being part of it all? Can you think of anything that could have been hard about living during verse 47?
Write it Out
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