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Community living

Tonight we had our weekly bible study at the Assembly of God Church I belong to. Our Subject was the book of Acts 2:42-47, "They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. 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, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved." This describes a form of communal/community living which is very foreign to most of us. We live very private lives which is known as "Cocooning" in which we stay home more often and avoid contact with each other because of our busy life styles. And that it is easier to deal with each other through technology then face to face.  I mention this because the Amish closely relate to the ideals of the early church back during the time of Acts. We even brought the Amish up and talked about their ways. The church was home based in which they would go to one another's home to worship, praise and learn about God. There was a sharing of food and other items that were needed. If someone had a need the "body" would provide for the need. Privacy is a sticking point to us. Ownership is a sticking point. Being selfish is a sticking point. These things were brought up as things which keep us from bringing the Church back to the ideal. Many of us see that there is a problem but feel that because independence is so ingrained in us that we cannot achieve it.  

Re: Community living

When we first moved to our development they had "Community Picnics".  Now everyone is too busy, so we hardly ever see our neighbors and we NEVER have community picnics anymore.  It's really a shame how things have changed over the years.  You don't even see kids out playing that much. 

Re: Community living

I think this is a well-written post that does capture what some of the Amish are trying to capture.....this post explains, in part, why the Amish still worship at home...The whole Amish culture is aimed at trying to preserve a sense of community, something that, sadly, much of non-Amish America has lost.

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