February 28, 2021

Recapture: Community and Human Connectedness

Recapture: Community and Human Connectedness


Recapture: Community Human connectedness (Acts 2:46-47)

  • Gen 2:18 God said it was not good for humans to be alone.
  • We were created by God to be in relationship with Him and with other humans.
    • This is essential to what it is to be human. God created us this way.
  • When we are not deeply connected to god and other people our human flourishing diminishes.
    • We are lonely and unhappy, and physically unhealthy.
  • As we have done throughout this series, let’s look to the early church.
  • Acts 2:46-47 Notice how it says they gathered together as the church every day?
  • This was partly because of the persecution; they weren’t welcome in some of the public places they had been.
    • But they also had the bandwidth in their lives to do this.
      • Every day, they met in the temple courts,
        • They met in the area known as Solomon’s colonnade. East side of the outer court.
      • But then they also met in homes to eat.
      • This wasn’t just getting together for Communion.
        • They were eating their meals together every day.
      • NASB 46Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart,
      • NLT 46They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity.
    • Verse 47 It also says that the church grew every day.
      • Because people need community and connectedness. This is probably what drew the people to the early church. The community and fellowship.
        • We are so buried under the busyness of our lives; we can’t even imagine that.
        • There was also an element of worship in their gatherings.
      • We often want to attribute all that growth to the signs and wonders that were happening.
        • But it may have more likely been the human connectedness that grew the church.
      • If we want to recapture both biblical church and biblical Christianity, then we need to understand that human flourishing is part of that.
        • And we need to lean into this idea of human connectedness.

Some other things to consider:

  • We often chose and prioritize the busyness so then we are too tired for the human connectedness.
    • But if we prioritize the human connection, we will actually feel better, less tired.
  • When we chose the busyness and better way of life, it’s actually a form of rebellion against God.
    • We are ignoring the way God create us.