“And all who believed were together.” (Acts 2:44 ESV)
The picture of the first church shows us the special togetherness that should be evident in the local church community.
We see their togetherness displayed in God’s working through them. When Christians are united together, God may do great things through them. “And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles” (Acts 2:43 ESV).
We see their togetherness displayed in mutual assistance. These Christians loved one another and cared for each other. They demonstrated their care both spiritually and materially – taking care of their own when there was genuine need. “And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need” (Acts 2:45 ESV).
We see their togetherness displayed in regular and joyful gatherings. These Christians wanted to be together and there was a sense of gladness when they did gather. “And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people” (Acts 2:46-47 ESV).
What we see happening here from the very beginning of the church is that God’s people needed to be together. Together they demonstrated unity and genuine love for one another. Together they devoted themselves to the Word, fellowship, worship, and prayer.
This special togetherness was the result of sharing in Christ. They shared a common faith and common joy in their Savior and Lord. Christ had become their life. And gathering with Christ’s people to participate in community together had become their deepest commitment.
This picture of the first church shows us why the local church community is so important. We share Christ together. We need to come together regularly to participate in this common life in Christ. We need to be committed to each other as a visible Christian community.
Christ wants His people gathered together, sharing the Christian life together, carrying out His mission together, glorifying God together.
For Christians, this is a special togetherness. Do not neglect it; do not forsake it. Your fellow believers at your local church are sharing the Christian life with you. They need you. You need them. Remember that all who believed were together.