Quick shout out to Katie Lindeman for her bible study last year on community. You rock, never change.
“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”
Being in community with other disciples is one of the most important parts of our walks with the Lord. Through it, we are poured into and encouraged. The first group of believers, not even called Christians at the time, show a beautiful picture of what community should look like. Four things stand out in Acts 2:42-27:
1. “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching…”
The first believers committed themselves to studying sound doctrine. In the 21st century, nothing should be different. Here at the Maple Manor, I constantly see my roommates reading the Bible and devoting time to listen and be with the Lord. This is how we are filled with the Spirit to be able to go out into the world.
2. “…and to the fellowship…”
They spent quality time with one another in the presence of the Lord. At the Maple Manor, this is an everyday thing. We are constantly sharing our lives with each other by living together, and it feeds our souls to be with people who have common values and faith.
3. “…to the breaking of bread…”
Hospitality, sharing food and time. Also a common theme in this house… eating.
4. “…and to prayer.”
Most importantly, the first believers prayed together. And they had a lot to pray for back then. Even now, when we are firm in our faith, we have so many things to pray for in this house. Each of our ministries, our own walks with the Lord, our families. We pray together very often for the steps each of us are taking in our own lives.
Living with four girls who love the Lord and serve Him daily has been the best part of my year so far. They spur me on in my walk to becoming the woman God has invited me to be, and I know they feel the same. The fellowship of the believers is the kind of community we will always be striving towards, ensuring that each of us is cared for, nurtured, and prayed for. This kind of living can only be explained by the Gospel.
As the first post on this blog, I feel a lot of pressure to be great. But the thing is, we aren’t great. We really are just five girls living together in a big house. And I think this blog is going to serve us well in that it is an outlet for us to reveal a little piece of our home to the public and be able look back to see how we’ve grown. Life in the Maple Manor is just starting and this blog will proclaim everything until the day we move out.