THE IMPACT OF COMMUNITY

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0334-DSC_0436“All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer. 43 A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. 44 And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. 45 They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. 46 They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity— 47 all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.” (Acts 2:42-47, NLT)

There’s something that happens when believers come together for one purpose, with one mind, and expecting the same results. I believe this passage was written in this order on purpose. Verses 43-47 came as a result of verse 42. All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals, and to prayer. They did all of this and then signs and wonders followed. All the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had, they worshipped together, and met together in homes. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.

Now, I’m not saying you are to go sell your house and all your possession. My point in this is to show that the people came together as a community of believer’s for the purpose of helping each other and reaching beyond the walls of their own. As they did this, a stronger community developed and many were added on a daily basis. It was because they saw the impact of community and they saw God in the middle of it.

I believe this passage is a significant model for today’s Church. If we will become devoted to the things of God and to each other, the miraculous will take place, signs and wonders will begin to follow, and we will see great growth. It starts with having a compassion for each other and for those who are not yet part of our communities.

There’s an impact that results in the formation of strong communities and the formula is found right in front of us in Scripture.

Author: Stephen Young

Stephen’s Gate is a weekly devotion that purposes to encourage people to live the victorious life God has called them to. Stephen grew up in a Christian home and was raised in Church. As a young boy he was very shy and never wanted to be the center of attention, however, he always had the desire to preach and minister to others. God called him into ministry in his late twenties and he has enjoyed every minute of it. Stephen previously served as an Assistant Pastor in Fort Fairfield, Maine before moving to Georgia. Stephen and Kristen have been married for 11 years and have two beautiful girls, Abigail and Sydney.

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