|Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts,|
|And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,|
The identity of the early Church was found both in the temple (corporate worship) and in homes (small groups). This practice helped cultivate glad and sincere hearts. It nourished the praise of God and favor with people who were not praising God - yet.
In our current age of technological advances and streamlined lifestyles glad and sincere hearts seem to be idealistic. But the Scripture shows us that as good as technology and ease are, they can't produce the satisfaction that Spirit birthed community can. Both the corporate and intimate expressions of faith are needed to bring us to spiritual health.
David Whitehead, Pastor, Grace NYC