community, not communism

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community, not communism

Acts 4:32-37 (JDV)

Acts 4:32 Now the entire group of those who believed were of one heart and throat, and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but instead they held everything in common.
Acts 4:33 With great power the missionaries were giving testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great favor was on all of them.
Acts 4:34 You see, there was not a needy person among them because all those who owned lands or houses sold them, brought the proceeds of what was sold,
Acts 4:35 and laid them at the missionaries’ feet. This was then distributed to each person as any had need.
Acts 4:36 Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus by birth, the one the missionaries called Barnabas (which is translated Son of Encouragement),
Acts 4:37 sold a field he owned, brought the money, and laid it at the missionaries’ feet.

community, not communism

The special relationship that the believers had in Jerusalem was indeed a commitment to each other, but it was not an instance of communism. Here’s why:

  • They made their choices not based on a political dogma, but based on their mission to spread the gospel.
  • They were able to do what they did because they owned private land which they had the power to sell.
  • Their goal was not to establish a distribution system, but to meet needs within their own congregation.
  • They entrusted their resources not to the state, but to the missionaries.

Lord, give us a passion for sharing your gospel that makes us want to share our resources with the needy among us.

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About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at -- !
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