In Acts 4:32-37 there is a great passage that shows real Christian community in the early church. It says…
32 All the believers were united in heart and mind. And they felt that what they owned was not their own, so they shared everything they had. 33 The apostles testified powerfully to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and God’s great blessing was upon them all. 34 There were no needy people among them, because those who owned land or houses would sell them 35 and bring the money to the apostles to give to those in need. 36 For instance, there was Joseph, the one the apostles nicknamed Barnabas (which means “Son of Encouragement”). He was from the tribe of Levi and came from the island of Cyprus. 37 He sold a field he owned and brought the money to the apostles.
There are several things that jumped out at me when I read this.
1. They were one heart and mind, so much so that they shared their possessions. As a result, nobody was in need.
2. The Apostles were able to focus on preaching the message of Christ and His resurrection. And blessing followed them all.
3. When they sold land or property they brought it to the Apostles to distribute to those in need. They didn’t decide themselves.
These are three really good things we can think about. I wonder how different our lives and churches would be if we lived more like the early church?