Together (Week 1)
They [the church] devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer (Acts 2:42 NIV).
All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved (Acts 2:44-47 NIV).
Each group is made up of individuals united by a common goal. No matter what the goal, working on it together gives you a greater chance of success. Every successful group is built on one essential component: unity.
While we would all agree unity is good, we often don’texperience it in everyday life. Maybe you’ve also noticed that a lack of unity happens in the church. People have trouble agreeing on what Christianity should look like. We can lack unity because we’re all at different places in our relationship with God. Whether you’ve been in church forever or you’re brand new to church, I’m sure you’ve seen this. There’s something in you that thinks, This isn’t how church is supposed to be.
For the next few weeks, we’re going to be talk about how the church got started. Luke, wrote a “part two” to his book, called Acts. It gives us a glimpse into what life was really like in the very beginning of Christianity.
So far, so good, right? We’re here, check. We have teaching, check. We have fellowship, yup. And we have prayer. When Luke says that they had “everything in common,” it was more about how they looked out for each other. They gave up what they had to make sure everybody had enough.
So just to recap: They literally were a part of each other’s lives. Sounds a little different than modern church, doesn’t it? But doesn’t that sound like something you’d want to be a part of? No, unity isn’t common. But yes, it is possible. I won’t happen overnight.
Together, we are better.
Having that kind of unity here may be simpler than you think. How do we do it?
Sit with each other.
Talk to each other at school, too.
When this group is unified—when we’re known for being people who are INCLUSIVE instead of EXCLUSIVE, we’re somuch closer to God’s vision for the church.
The church we see in Acts was called to something big. The goal is still the same today. God wants to use this church and this youth group to share His love with all people!