Devotions for September 20, 2017

VERSE

The Believers Form a Community
42 All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper[a]), and to prayer.

43 A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. 44 And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. 45 They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. 46 They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity[b]— 47 all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.

COMMUNITY OVER COMFORT

As a believer in Christ, we are called to fellowship. This is more than just coming together on Sunday mornings. We are called to break bread together, to meet with each other and share life together.

PERSONAL REFLECTION

Q: It can be hard to build new friendships. The first step is to spend time with people. How does this passage speak to making this first step?

Q: Take a moment and think on the relationships in your life. Where are you enjoying community with others? Where are you struggling to find connection?

Q: Building a community will involve people you get along with and others you do not. It will require you to get uncomfortable, but in those moments you may also find the greatest rewards. How does this verse affect how you interact with people you get along with? What about those that you don’t?

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