We get, in the book of Acts, a glimpse of what the early church was like, who they were and what they were trying to accomplish.
We see, as we work through the book of Acts, how they dealt with opposition and challenges. The church continued to grow despite the challenges they faced.
Luke uses utopian language and verbiage you would find in works by Plato and the like. The culture then was very Helenized.
"Of one heart" conveyed the idea of an ideal community, of real friendship, of true friendship. Luke chose his words purposefully and there is depth and meaning to the things he wrote. These people knew each other very well.
One of the goals of our groups in 2020 is to develop closer fellowship, which is this same idea Luke was relating. The Jerusalem saints were....
Devoted - the saints then lived in very close proximity and saw each other every day. We don’t have that situation so we have to come up with other ways to be devoted to one another. They were devoted to the apostle teaching. They were also devoted to the fellowship, the coming together to remember the Lord’s death.
Together - togetherness is a big part of who they were. They loved each other to the point of selling property to help one another. It’s amazing for Luke to say there was not a needy person among them. They were open and frank with one another. We need to be the same. We should want to be with one another.
Influential- they had the favor of the people. Who they were drew people to them. People held them in high esteem, even after Ananias and Sapphira were struck dead. They grew even more after that.
Of one heart and soul - they were built together as a spiritual house.