The impact of New Testament house groups

Acts 2:42-47 – The Fellowship of the Believers

Some of the best Christian discussions happen in kitchens. Where food is shared, life is shared. The Jews of Christ’s time understood this. Their religious feasts were a combination of worship, food and fellowship. And this tradition continued into the early church. Scripture says the first Christians “ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people” (Acts 2:46). This happened after 3000 people became Christians on the day of Pentecost (41). Now there’s a thought. Where do you take 3000 for a bite in Jerusalem? For that matter, where did 3000 gather for worship? The temple was used initially, but you can bet the Jewish authorities wouldn’t have allowed that for long. The answer is not hard to find – the first believers met in homes. That’s right, 3000 believers gathered in multiple houses across the city. The early church was a house group movement.
We get an interesting window into one of these house groups in Acts 12:11-17. More