Acts 2:42 ¶ And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.
There is a clear rhythm in life. You see it clearly in creation itself. The ocean and its tides, sunrise and sunset, and the harmony of the seasons. Then, of course, there are the creatures. The migration of the birds, the flying in formation of the ducks and geese, schools of fish, and the migration of the animals in the African Savannah. God’s harmony is everywhere.
The healthy church also flows with this incredible rhythm. I like to think of it as the rhythm of the River. The early church displayed this supernatural harmony in their daily lives. They were praying together, eating together, studying the apostle’s doctrine together; they were the perfect picture of living together in a world falling apart. Here are some thoughts from the Life in the Spirit NT Commentary on today’s verse.
“The believers devote themselves to “the fellowship.” The word “fellowship” (koinonia) expresses the unity of the early church. No single English word fully translates its meaning. Fellowship involves more than a communal spirit that believers share with one another. It is a joint participation at the deepest level in the spiritual fellowship that is “in Christ.” On the human side believers share with one another, but the quality of their fellowship is determined by their union with Christ. They have been called into fellowship with him and jointly participate in his saving work. Their mutual participation in him is effected by the Holy Spirit, and “so it becomes a fellowship of the Holy Ghost. And where the Son and Spirit are, there is the Father, so it is a fellowship with the Father”. These first disciples are one by faith in Jesus Christ and by their fellowship with one another. They express their love and harmony, they are united in mind and heart.”
Jesus said that there would be an obvious love between His disciples that would prove their authenticity. This love that Jesus was talking about is seen in this concept of fellowship in the church of Acts. What is the source of this fellowship and love? I believe it is found in this verse, 1Cor. 12:13 “For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit”. So that’s it, the source of the rhythm of the church is found in drinking; it is drinking of the Spirit together that brings us into the flow of the River.