The number of believers is growing rapidly now, but many are far from home. They traveled to Jerusalem for the Passover, never expecting the events that would change their lives forever.

They were there when Jesus died, rose from the dead, and ascended into heaven!

And became a part of the first real Community of Students of Jesus when they believed the message of the apostles!

The fellowship became very precious to them. They didn't want to return home. And so they stayed there in Jerusalem!

What a surprising dynamic of unity is created when Jesus’ love and love for Jesus fills the heart.

All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had.

This unity of love prompted those who had lands or houses to sell them and give the money to the apostles. In this way, even those far from their homes and resources could stay with the group.

Astounding! The locals would rather part with their money than to part with their newfound brothers and sisters!

There were no needy persons among them.

Unity not only provided for everyone’s needs, it also created a powerful force within the group. A force of grace radiating even to those outside the community! Drawing them in with a living message of inclusion!

With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and much grace was upon them all.

What a community Jesus creates when His students open their hearts to His life and love!

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