Strangers Become Family

Acts 2:42, 47  

And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. … And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.

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Most of the new converts to the Church of God were strangers to each other, but soon they became family. They spent time learning together, getting to know each other, eating together and praying together.

God’s Holy Spirit helped them grow together like brothers and sisters, like a building, like a body (2 Corinthians 6:18; Ephesians 2:19-22; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; see our article “Acts of Unity”).

Becoming a unified family is not easy, but it is God’s desire for His Church. Some of our greatest challenges are to learn to bear with each other, forgive each other and work out disagreements in a loving way (Colossians 3:12-17).

For more about the Church and Christian fellowship, see our section on “The Church.”

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