On July 11th, Tyler preached a sermon on community in the early church and how it applies to the way we do community today. In the first part of the sermon (which you can listen to here), he gave seven observations on early church community based on Acts 2:42-47.
In our last BASE group meetings, we had some great discussion around these points. I have listed the points below as well as some discussion questions for exploration.
I of course encourage you to explore these questions prayerfully on your own, but I am convinced that they would be best considered and discussed in the company of others in the church, particularly those in your BASE group.
Characteristics of Early Church Community
Devoted to study
- Why is it necessary for us to study Scripture within the context of community? What benefits do we gain from doing that?
Spent time together
- What keeps us from spending time together like we should?
- What do we gain from time together?
- How do we balance this with the demands of work and our family?
Devoted to prayer
- Why should we pray within the context of community?
- How can prayer become more organic in our lives together rather than something we program or schedule?
Met physical needs
- What “needs” do people in a middle class suburban context have that we can meet?
- How do we identify those needs?
Met in large and small groups
- How do we do this more organically?
- Why does it seem that time together always needs to be programmed for us before we will actually do it?
They were joyful
- In what ways does community produce joy?
- Why don’t we find more joy in community? In other words, why does community sometimes feel like something we have to do, rather than something we look forward to doing?
- How do we find greater joy in doing life together?
The result was community-fueled mission
- How can we do better with bringing the lost into our community?
- What does community-fueled mission look like?
Of course I welcome discussion and questions in the comments section as well.