Groups: Christian Community

July 6, 2021

46 Every day they devoted themselves to meeting together in the temple, and broke bread from house to house. They ate their food with joyful and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. Every day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.

Acts 2:46-47

Written by Josh Lynn from the West Franklin Campus

I can still vividly remember the first rental house my wife and I lived in together. It was not close to where either of us worked or where we worshipped. And the size of the combined living/dining room forced an important choice: couch or dining table?

We opted for the couch and had a tiny table that was so small we never used it. We seldom invited people over, and, when we did, we were awkwardly close with plates in laps, and someone was usually on the floor. When we moved to our current house, our first and foremost criterion was that we needed space to invite our friends, family, and neighbors to share meals.

The early church in Acts 2 had some important qualities: they worshipped daily, their houses were open, they were joyful and sincere, they had a good reputation, and their numbers increased every day.

Now more than ever, our world has become incredibly compartmentalized. It is easy for us to live in one place, drive to another to work, and drive to another to worship. The past year has also showed that in many ways it is easy to isolate and quarantine from the whole world and living on a self-manufactured island.

What Jesus calls us to, and what the early church reminds us of, is that living like a family and making worship a daily way of life—as opposed to a weekly compartment—is how we are meant to live. The Christian life is naturally worshipful, joyful, sincere, and found favorable by outsiders. When our lives have these qualities, they naturally lead to gospel conversations and gospel fruit.

Within a couple months of our move to the new house with both a backyard and space for a table, we started a Bible study consisting entirely of members of our neighborhood. This resulted in a massive increase in the quality of our lives. Not because we had a bigger house, but because we broke more bread and reached out to more neighbors. So, if you have a room to gather in, do it! Invite people to join you for your natural rhythms of worship and joy and sincerity. And if you don’t have room, get rid of the couch and get a table.

Questions to Ask Yourself

  1. When was the last time you hosted people for a meal and conversation?
  2. Do the natural rhythms of your life include food, joy, and sincerity? If so, how can you invite others in who long for that? If not, why not?
  3. Do conversations around the tables you gather at find favor with all people? Why or why not?
  4. Do your conversations naturally lead to the gospel?

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