Chapter-a-Day Acts 2

Family_meal_3_4They followed a daily discipline of worship in the Temple followed by meals at home, every meal a celebration, exuberant and joyful, as they praised God. People in general liked what they saw. Every day their number grew as God added those who were saved. Acts 2:46-47 (TM)

There is nothing better for community than having a good meal together. When I was a child, family dinners were a daily occurrence. The four kids gathered each night around the table once Dad got home. We’d hold hands, Dady would say the Lord’s Prayer, we kids would say a Dutch prayer taught to us by our grandmother, and we’d eat. Then we’d have   dessert (mom always had dessert). Of course, as we grew and lives became more complicated, the opportunity for meals together waned.

Today, the four of us struggle to have one family meal together each week. Nevertheless,  it’s worth the struggle. Sitting together, holding hands in prayer, and talking about what’s going on in life keeps us connected. We regularly try to make this family meal a celebration. Wendy makes a really nice meal (with dessert!), we get out the fine china, and we use the linen napkins. Every once in a while, this meal turns into a family conversation that is still going on hours after the meal is over. That’s when I feel the pay off for the investment of time and struggle to align everyone’s calendars.

It doesn’t surprise me that the early church grew through the daily disciplines of worship followed by having a meal. When you worship together and break bread together, you build community.

So, what time is supper?

2 thoughts on “Chapter-a-Day Acts 2”

  1. 37Cut to the quick, those who were there listening asked Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers! Brothers! So now what do we do?”
    38-39Peter said, “Change your life.
    I love the word picture of being cut to the quick. I have experienced the unfortunate event of cutting into the quick of both of my dogs when trimming their nails. It doesn’t make them happy. In fact, they looked up at me as if to say, “You are a complete idiot. That hurts really bad and I’m never going to let you touch me again.” That’s the effect God’s Word has on a life of sin. I was able to experience last week in the Rocky Mountains what God’s Word can do to lives headed in the wrong direction. As Christian leaders it is our job to be available to tell those so disturbed to “change your life….turn to God”. Rocky was an amazing experience.

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