The Fellowship of the Believers
42 “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 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, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved”.
This portion of scripture taken from the book of the Acts of the Apostles is important it is an exemplar on how a church should be and act. The Church should be communal, ownership should be in common. What good comes of hanging expensive works of arts in episcopal palaces whilst our brothers and sisters are sleeping on the street, whilst people use foodbanks because they have no source of income to purchase food. Vanitas vanitatum et omnia vanitas.
Church leaders dressed in finery whilst their poor brothers and sisters are dressed in rags and then they say “We must care for the poor” what hypocrites. Jesus did not say Blessed are the Rich he said Blessed are the poor. The Church today has lost its way and needs to reconnect with the First Church. In all my years of going to church I dont think I’ve heard a sermon on Acts 2 42-47 of even from Acts 4 maybe it might be to challenging. The church has allowed itself to be corrupted on the altar of consumerism. How can it say we should care for the poor when its leaders are living lives of luxury.To be fair to the Archbishop of Canterbury he did roll up his sleeves and cook for some of the less fortunate in the Medway Town.
I think we need to reconnect with the first church then we will see christian revival in this country.