Acts 2:42 – They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

 

After all the fireworks of Pentecost, what comes next in Luke’s narrative – the description of a community devoted to the apostles’ teaching, the breaking of bread, the fellowship and the prayers – might sound just a little uneventful to some – a bit of an anti-climax maybe. In actual fact, it is precisely what should come next. Pentecostal power that does not translate at some point into a real live Christian community and, furthermore, into a community that is committed to word and sacrament, is just froth and bubble. And it’s not that signs and wonders should thereby cease. Not at all. Just read on. But in the final analysis, the only way the world will really know that we are disciples of Jesus is because we love one another.

 

Prayer: Lord, give us courage, in the midst of everything else that is on offer, to build strong, stable communities.