Acts 2:44-46 “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.”

We don’t even know who our neighbors are anymore. We are the most alienated society. We are alienated from one another and even from ourselves. We are hyper connected through social media. We have hundreds of friends on Facebook but no friends that we sit with face to face. We have a bunch of likes on our pictures but nobody that really sees our pain. We have to get back to the basics of building authentic community.

In the birth of the church on the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit laid the foundation for how community was supposed to look like. It’s much different than our hyper connected alienated society. People actually spent time with one another. Here are the foundational elements for real community.

All the believers were together and had everything in common. When we come together we discover that we have more in common than we do different. Alienation leaves you with the misconception that you are the only one dealing with something. You don’t know what you have in common until you come together.

They sold property and possessions to help everyone in need. We put up a “blessing box” out on the street in front of our church. I was surprised at how many people wanted to contribute. People want to help people. I think people distrust institutions. Many well-meaning churches suffer because people disassociate what the church does (helping people) to what the church is (an institution). The truth of the matter is that the church is a group of people that come together to help people but it needs the contributions of generous people to do so.

Every day they continued o meet together in the temple courts. They regularly attended church. The average church member attends once a month. We are alienated by staying at home watching TV or online. The power of coming together cannot be replaced.

They broke bread together in each other’s home. Our marriage ministry meets in each other’s home every first Friday. The relationships that are being formed is amazing. The only thing that is going to ensure spiritual growth and that people stick and stay in church is fellowship. Everyone needs a small group of people that you break bread with. It has to beyond the superficial to real fellowship.

The early church was about being a community. Today’s church is dwindling because we are an alienated society. We have to get back to being the church for real.

Dear God,

Help us to love one another. Our communities are broken. Children are unsupervised. The elderly are not respected. The poor go unnoticed. We have forgotten how to be a community. Wake us up. Disconnect us from social media long enough to have some real face time as we break bread with one another. Just as you promised, be in our midst the next time two or three of us sit around the table together. We need you in our community.

In Jesus Name,

Amen