“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)
A closer look at the body of believers in the second chapter of Acts reveals that they have gotten very, very good at doing life together. They are listening to gospel-centered teaching, they are fellowshipping with one another, they are breaking bread together, and they are praying in community. They are caring for each other in very real, very necessary ways.
But it didn’t happen overnight.
This group was in a time of renewal and restoration. They had lost their leader to a gruesome Roman execution. They had suffered personal loss, ministry loss, and community loss.
But then the Holy Spirit showed up, just as Jesus had promised. And their response?
And they ate with “glad and generous hearts.”
Twice in this passage, the author mentions the breaking of bread. Because where is fellowship more real than at the table together, sharing food prepared by hands that are lifted in worship and folded in prayer together on Sunday mornings?
When we remember that every good and perfect gift–and every meal–comes down from the Father above, we acknowledge our dependence on Christ. And when we do that in community, relationships are built on the only sure foundation–Christ, the Solid Rock Himself.
The Spirit in this New Testament community was contagious. The Lord was adding to their number “day by day those who were being saved.”
And that is what we desire for our church and for our women this year: a renewal that comes from being fed, both physically and spiritually. Our vision for the 2016-2017 ministry year is that we would be intentional to experience fellowship and worship and life together. As Christ pours into us, we pray our hearts will grow to serve and reach others, and that He will add to our number as well.
So make plans to join us this year. Come, and be fed through our Bible studies, our conferences, our fellowship events. Let’s break bread together, and feast on Christ as we fellowship with one another!