37 When the crowd heard this, they were deeply troubled. They said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?” 38 Peter replied, “Change your hearts and lives. Each of you must be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 This promise is for you, your children, and for all who are far away—as many as the Lord our God invites.” 40 With many other words he testified to them and encouraged them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation.” 41 Those who accepted Peter’s message were baptized. God brought about three thousand people into the community on that day. 42 The believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to the community, to their shared meals, and to their prayers. 43 A sense of awe came over everyone. God performed many wonders and signs through the apostles. 44 All the believers were united and shared everything. 45 They would sell pieces of property and possessions and distribute the proceeds to everyone who needed them. 46 Every day, they met together in the temple and ate in their homes. They shared food with gladness and simplicity. 47 They praised God and demonstrated God’s goodness to everyone. The Lord added daily to the community those who were being saved. (Acts 2:37-47, CEB)
I knew of a worshiping community called Acts 2:42. “The believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to the community, to their shared meals, and to their prayers.”
Isn’t that what every community should be? A group that gathers to hear the teachings of Jesus, to uplift each other, to break bread, and to pray? That is what a community of believers is and everyone should be.
And God added to the number of the community. Did you notice that the community was focused on learning and each other, and God added to their number. They didn’t go out looking for others to join but were open to those who came and invited them in and involved them in the community. God did the bringing and the community made room and included them.
Imagine if our worshiping communities did this. What would the world be like?