Aug 032020

Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people.  (Acts 2:46–47a)

This story follows on the heels of the first Pentecost story (Acts 2:1–41) as the early Christ-followers set their priorities as a community of faith: they learned from one another (v. 42), they shared fellowship with each other (v. 42), they ate together (v. 42, 46), they prayed together (v. 42), they shared with one another (v. 44), they worshipped together (v. 46), and they developed a deep love and commitment for their local community (v. 47a). Such practices call us to remember that even though we spend a good deal of time emphasizing the internal togetherness of our own group, mission and outreach are also an important part of our core values, central to our identity as Christ-followers. The Church is a missional community, rooted in its particular place, concerned about local issues, and “having the goodwill of all the people” (v.47a) in mind. – rc

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