Fellowship of Believers

May 13, 2011 § Leave a comment

Acts 2:42-47 gives a snapshot of communal life in the early church.  It gives us a picture of what the Holy Spirit is able to do in the midst of those who gather in the Name of the risen Christ.  In reflecting on this passage, Matt Skinner writes the following paragraph that gets to the heart of the matter for us today:  “Congregations are easily frustrated in their attempts to build community that functions as an authentic expression of the gospel, even if it must remain a flawed expression.  But it is an empowering thing to realize that Christians are not left to their own devices in creating such an environment.  The ministry of God’s reign that Jesus inaugurated during his life and secured by his death, resurrection, and glorification is not merely a thing of the past or a faint hope for future days; it continues, sometimes barely perceptibly, in the corporate life of communities of faith.  It is important to underscore that Acts 2:42-47 describes a community of faith that operates in the power of God’s Spirit.  The virtues of justice, worship, and mutuality are not accomplishments of extraordinary folk; they are signs of the Spirit within a community of people who understand themselves as united in purpose and identity—not a dispersed collection of individual churchgoers. This is not to say that the members of a community of faith bear no responsibility for living in a way that displays God’s reconciliation.  The audacious claims of a resurrection faith demand such boldness from us.”

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