Acts 2:42-47; 4:23-37; Isaiah 58:1-14.
The place of generous giving in the early church is one that we focus on so readily! One preacher (Paul Scanlon) describes the first three words of Acts 2:42 as “the three most powerful words ever written about the early church; at the same time they are perhaps the 3 most overlooked words”. The early church was devoted to giving their all to God and to each other, but it didn’t stop there. They were generous and giving in every way, and as a result their actions were transformational.
How can we reclaim our calling to be generous and giving within our church community, as well as doing that outwardly in order to reach more people with the truth and hope of Jesus?