The communal life (Acts 2:42)

“They devoted themselves

To the apostles’ teaching.

They had fellowship,

In the breaking of bread

And prayers.”

ἦσαν δὲ προσκαρτεροῦντες τῇ διδαχῇ τῶν ἀποστόλων καὶ τῇ κοινωνίᾳ, τῇ κλάσει τοῦ ἄρτου καὶ ταῖς προσευχαῖς.

The author of Acts indicated that these disciples of Jesus continually devoted themselves (ἦσαν δὲ προσκαρτεροῦντες) to the apostles’ teaching (τῇ διδαχῇ τῶν ἀποστόλων).  They had fellowship (καὶ τῇ κοινωνίᾳ), in the breaking of bread (τῇ κλάσει τοῦ ἄρτου) and prayers (καὶ ταῖς προσευχαῖς).  These early followers of Jesus prayed to God and had common fellowship with each other in the breaking of the bread.  Luke, chapter 24:35, and the author of Acts here who is presumably Luke, was the only Greek biblical writer to use this term τῇ κλάσει τοῦ ἄρτου, that means breaking of the bread, a clear reference to the Eucharistic service of communion.  The apostles were instructing the new converts, since there were quite a few of them.  They lived together in a community setting.  They learned, lived, ate, worshipped, and prayed together as one big happy family.  Thus, they loved and cared for each other.  In a sense, this has become the ideal Christian community lifestyle.  Have you ever lived in a Christian community?

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