Listen to this description of the early church from the book of Acts. “And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people.” In the birth of the Church, men and women were finding their souls connected to God and to each other. A key expression of that connection was breaking bread together. Commentators divide over whether breaking bread meant that they were coming to Jesus’ Table in Communion or coming together to share a meal. But here’s the beautiful thing. Both fellowship with God and fellowship with man are visible through something as simple as a meal. Through something as common as bread and wine, or something as simple as dinner, we are invited to taste the goodness of God and His people.
One of the evidences of God’s grace to the Seven Mile Road community in these early days is this: we regularly eat together. We eat together on Sundays and outside of Sundays. We eat together each week at the Lord’s Table, and we eat together each week over dinner tables. For the last two weeks, our Soul Care group of 9 people have shared a meal together. We look like an Olive Garden commercial with passing plates, and multiple loud conversations, and hearty laughter, and big smiles. Frequently, people in the church are opening their homes to host dinners. One of the guys in our community was having a rough week, and he was invited for a meal on four different nights by four different people in one week. We’re constantly calling our people to be hospitable; to open their homes and share life by sharing a meal. I celebrate that it’s starting to happen and is more evidence of God’s grace to us.