Thoughts to Ponder
Have you ever thought about what it was like for the first Christian community? They grew rapidly in the first church of Jerusalem. The Christian church started with only 120 Christians but soon grew to 3,000 people. That's a mega church by today's standards. But this early Christian community knew how to care for the poor and nurture new believers.
The Apostle Luke, the writer of Acts, uses a Greek word koinonia, which is translated fellowship in v. 47. This is the only time Luke uses this word, although it was a very popular word for the Apostle Paul. Paul used it 19 times in his New Testament letters.
I think Luke's use of this work to explain the community the Christians had in Jerusalem is only fitting as he ends the chapter saying that "the Lord added to their koinonia daily those who were being saved."
Just picture what we could learn if we could sit and talk with one of those first Christians about how they lived and how they nurtured each other.