Fifth Thursday of Lent

Deuteronomy 14:22–26, Acts 2:36–42

Feasting in the presence of the Lord is a strong theme in all the Jewish feast times. Feasting in ’s presence provides a reminder that it is by ’s and that there is something to feast with. It also reminds us that is . It keeps us balanced so that we do not think that the feast is because of ourselves or our works.

That something so basic and essential to (food) is considered a vital part of righteous worship, should help us to not dismiss it. While we may joke about church potlucks, in many respects such gatherings are feasting in the presence of the Lord. While overeating is not good, eating is.

When the early “church” of Acts eats , we’re talking about all sorts of people. While they all were Jews (at this point, with some Gentile converts), that doesn’t mean they all got along. There were fishermen, tax collectors, Levites, merchants, soldiers, guardsmen. In other words, there was a cross-section of Jewish society. They made it a price of breaking bread . There is a context to this breaking of bread. These people listened to the Apostles’ (we’d say the New Testament) Teaching (sermons and preaching), to fellowship (more than meet and greet at the door), and prayer. It is all four elements that were priced.

1) Have you ever made the decision to avoid the sermon or other teachings? How about fellowship? How about breaking bread ? How about prayer?

2) This is not to be a guilt trip, but a time of reflection. Why did you avoid 1 or more of these prices? Is it a regular thing? If so, what can you do to ore this 4-fold price into your ?

3) In Acts 3:41, Luke notes that about 3000 people were added to the church. Just like today, a place where 3000 people could gather to /learn, fellowship, break bread, and pray is pretty hard to find. How do you think the early church did it? How can that inform the prices in your ?

Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.