I was struck this week about the simplicity and community found in the first church. The practices which defined the early church were: Teaching about Jesus and faith in everyday life, authentic time together, sharing meals, practicing hospitality, praying together, inviting God to do miracles, sharing their resources, and purging excess material possessions to provide for anyone in need. In addition, they met together on a daily basis in both public places and in their homes. They celebrated communion, remembering Jesus' sacrifice for their sin. They did things in a spirit of humility and were grateful to God for His love. As a result of their lifestyle people in close proximity benefited immensely and the group was constantly growing. The movement was so attractive that others couldn't help but want to be part of it. The Lord was responsible for growth, spiritually and numerically as the early church lived lives marked by practical unconditional love. How about us?

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