Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Acts 4:32-37

32All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had. 33With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and much grace was upon them all. 34There were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned lands or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales 35and put it at the apostles' feet, and it was distributed to anyone as he had need.
36Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means Son of Encouragement), 37sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles' feet.

Questions to consider:

• How do you feel about your possessions?
• In what ways is the filling of the Holy Spirit from Tuesday’s passage (v.31) manifest in
today’s passage?
• Why are those who believe in no need?
• Describe the profound change in the disciples’ mode of living.
• What is different about your life because you are a part of a church community?

Possibilities for prayer:

Once again we are presented with a vision of community that is probably unlike anything most of us have experienced in our lives. Today, pray that God would be making us into a community that can be focused upon spreading the Good News of Jesus because of the sense of generosity that exists among us.