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“All the believers were one in heart and mind…”
August 13, 2009, 3:04 pm
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The first 4 chapters of Acts is really an incredible look at the infancy of the church, the Body of Christ!

From the first chapter we read that Acts is nothing more than a continuation of the book of Luke. Jesus’ life, ministry, death, and resurrection in the book of Luke, and now His life, ministry, death, and resurrection in the hearts of His people through the Holy Spirit in Acts. This reminds me from John chapter 14 where Jesus says to His disciples that “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.” Wow! Acts shows me how Jesus is making a home with us, His Body! From the Old Testament now through the New Testament there is a sense that God has been wanting to dwell, make His home with His creation, the garden, the Promised Land, the tabernacle, the ark of the covenant, the temple, then finally in Jesus through a Body, the church. Awesome! Jesus wants to make a home in me and my family!

In Acts Jesus ascends into heaven and then returns through His Spirit to dwell in “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord.” Peter, no longer speaking without thinking, putting his foot into his mouth, speaks good news to a huge crowd setting in motion God’s desire for a home through a Body and three thousand “accepted his message” and “were baptized” and then another day or so later at the temple Peter and John acting in faith, provides Jesus, through His Body, the opportunity to heal a man, allowing them to share the good news saying “repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord” and “many who heard the message believed, and the number of men grew to about five thousand”!

As I read of how the followers of Jesus lived I have to ask myself am I living like them? If not, why not? I also have to ask is this how I see the body of Christ living, because it really is about the Body of Christ, not about me? If not, why not? Why is it we are “suppose” to “go to” “church” just on Sunday morning that normally includes singing, which most don’t do in a crowd in a “church” building, and listen quietly for over an hour and then go home without any real ministry between God’s people? Is that what I see here in Acts? Is the church only about a few who do the singing and the speaking? Isn’t the Body of Christ really about every member BEING the Body of Christ 24/7? Is this what I read from the first few chapters of Acts?

The followers of Jesus “devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he 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.”

At the end of chapter 4 it says that “all the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but shared everything they had. With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and much grace was upon them all. There were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned lands or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles’ feet and it was distributed to anyone as he had need.” As I read this narrative I can sense how these people were no longer the same people, they were transformed, now different from the world, because of their love for Jesus and for one another, because in fact by loving one another, they were loving Jesus, His Body, and He was loving them. He was living through them! Incredible! I read here that in the Body of Christ everyone participated, everyone shared Jesus with each other.

I need to have a few other followers of Jesus with my family to live this kind of life, a life of devotion to following Jesus’ by His inward life in me (not a commentary), a devotion to sharing life with each other, a devotion to Jesus through each other! I/we need to deny myself/ourselves, take up my/our cross, and follow Jesus together! Lord may Your life, ministry, death and resurrection be truly real, to be at home in me, in my family, in Your Body!

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Thanks for sharing this brother John! This is my hearts yearning!!! I long to live organically with other believers as HIS body. I’m posting this on FB.

Comment by Anthony

Hi Anthony, thanks for the comment! We are learning about organic church life in our group, even after meeting for almost a year. We used Finding Organic Church to guide us into better understanding how to live a shared life. We are somewhat an eclectic group…LOL. There are some things that are mentioned to help prepare His people for organic church life shared in the book by Frank Viola that you could use to help. God bless bro!

John

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