The church of Jesus Christ, as she is envisioned in the New Testament, always takes care of her own.
On the day of Pentecost, a surge of new converts decided to leave their homes, jobs, and relocate to the city of Jerusalem. The reason is because the church in Jerusalem was the first and only Christ-following community on the planet at the time.
And the twelve apostles, who had lived with and were trained by Jesus, happened to live there.
To deal with the enormity of the situation . . . a massive influx of new converts without jobs or houses . . . the new church instinctively began to pool its individual resources together so everyone’s needs were met.*
All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Acts 2:44-45
Some have taken this one incidence as a standard for all other churches. They argue that because the church in Jerusalem “lived in common,” as it were, all other churches should go and do likewise. But there’s no evidence to suggest that any of the other churches did this in the first century. Continue Reading…