Radical Community | Part 1

Acts 2:42-47 ESV

 

 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.

 

 

This blog is going to the first in a series of blogs that focus on “Radical Community for the sake of Christ’s Kingdom” at LCF church. We are going to spend the next few weeks looking at various aspects of Acts 2 and how we can apply this text to our lives today. I truly believe that as we submit ourselves to the will of God, we will see our lives transformed and our communities redeemed. 

 

This passage starts with three main themes that mark the life of the new testament believer. We are to be devoted to the apostles teaching, fellowship and the breaking of bread, and prayer. 

 

First, we are to be devoted to the apostle’s teaching. That means that you and I are people that submit ourselves to the word of God. At LCF, we are a people that find our place under the authority of the word of God. We do not bear weight on the word of God, but the word of God bears weight on us. We are to be devoted to the reading of scripture. 

 

Secondly, we are to be a people who fellowship and break bread together. This means that we have to spend time with one another. We make places in our day for believers and take intentional steps to be in community with one another. 

 

Lastly, you and I are called to be people of prayer. We believe in a God that moves on behalf of His children. We also believe in the truth of the word that communicates this idea: we are accepted and invited into the presence of God. Therefore, we are a people of prayer. We pray at all times, believing that God hears, sees and moves in His wisdom and might. 

 

These three things are the beginning and also the foundation for what it means to be a radical community for the sake of Christ’s Kingdom.

Justin