A couple years back, I was in the cab of an old yellow bulldozer. This was my first (and so far only) experience with driving such a big piece of machinery. I was given instructions as to which of the levers did what and then tasked with leveling off some dirt piles. Let's just say that the machine was powerful but my skills were lacking. I absolutely love the idea of farming and farm life. I enjoy the few opportunities I get to hang out with my father-in-law on his farm. On this particular day, I was driving the bulldozer that my wife's grandpa had owned and operated and now I was learning (or trying to learn) from Amanda's dad how to operate it. There is just something sentimental to me about passing down knowledge from one generation to the next. One day, as a young adult, I was reading Acts 2 and was quickly captured by the vision of the local church found at the end of this chapter. Take a look:
42 All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer.
43 A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. 44 And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. 45 They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. 46 They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity— 47 all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.
I'm sure that I had read this Scripture several times while growing up in the church, but on this particular occasion I wondered what would happen if we tried to replicate the Acts 2 model. Would the model that worked for the first church still work in today's society? A church that was devoted to the teaching of the apostles...A church that was devoted to gathering together...A church that was devoted to sharing meals together...A church that was devoted to prayer...A church with joy and generosity...A Church that worshiped together. If a church was willing to submit themselves to the early model, would the Lord be gracious enough to add new friends and followers? This has been and continues to be the foundational model for The Table. I am grateful for such an incredible example that has been passed down for a couple of thousand years.
With sincere love for each of you,