And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.
And all that believed were together, and had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. 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, Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved. – Acts 2:42-47 (KJV)
The people of God are called to serve God by living out their new faith in a new way. Each believer is called to live as a “new creation” according to 2 Corinthians 5:17. The early church was full of the Holy Spirit fresh from the outpouring of the Spirit at Pentecost. These believers gathered and shared with one another in all sorts of ways. They had fellowship and prayed together, enjoying worship and fellowship with one another.
And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
As new converts come into the church today, we need to encircle them. As we encircle them, let us embrace them with the love of Christ. We should encourage new believers to learn all that they can about Christ as He appears in the Scriptures. We must do our best to support these new believers in growing in Christ.
If we offer our love and support to the new people who come into our midst, we must trust God to strengthen us further to handle more people coming into the church. The more people who come in will require the people of the church to do more, too. We will need to be able to handle people coming out of prison and recovery programs just like people returning from college and those coming off of welfare and unemployment. Let us learn to be useful and fruitful, “maintaining good works” as we do so.