One Anothers - All Church Series Devotionals
The very first Christian Church
42 Every believer was faithfully devoted to following the teachings of the apostles. Their hearts were mutually linked to one another, sharing communion and coming together regularly for prayer. 43 A deep sense of holy awe swept over everyone, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. 44 All the believers were in fellowship as one body, and they shared with one another whatever they had. 45 Out of generosity they even sold their assets to distribute the proceeds to those who were in need among them. 46 Daily they met together in the temple courts and in one another’s homes to celebrate communion. They shared meals together with joyful hearts and tender humility. 47 They were continually filled with praises to God, enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord kept adding to their number daily those who were coming to life.
This is almost like a story that you would expect to have the “and they all lived happily ever after” ending. However, this isn’t a fairy tale - this is the Biblical record of the very first Christian church. This is what collectively happened when the Jesus-followers got together right after Jesus ascended to heaven and the Holy Spirit came to live in each one of them. I love these verses and the picture that it gives us. This is what “church” should be. This is an example of the “one anothers” that we should be living out. This is our model.
Our purpose at Vineyard Community Church is “Building relationship with God, each other, and our community.” Relationship with each other is important. We aren’t meant to go through life alone - we are created to live life together and build relationship with each other.
Look at how this early group of believers lived:
These people were devoted to following the apostles’ teachings.
Their hearts were connected to one another.
They came together for prayer.
They shared their possessions with each other.
They went to church together.
They met in each other’s homes for communion and meals.
They praised God together.
They were very much a part of one another’s lives and connected to one another as they grew in their faith.
This is our model - this very first Christian church and its people. We are not created to be Lone Rangers. Our life journey and our faith journey are supposed to intertwine with other peoples’ lives as we come, learn, love and live out our relationship with God, each other and our community.
I’m so glad we are on this journey together. May you be blessed during this series and further beyond as well!
• What is one goal you could set for yourself to achieve because of this series?
• Who can you invite to be part of this one another lifestyle with you?