Living Into a Participatory Ecosystem (Acts 2:42–47)


In last Sunday’s sermon, Wess focused on what it means to be a participatory church, and the ways in which Camas Friends embodies that.

The text that started us off this week is Acts 2: 42-47:

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.

Life among the Believers

Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.

Activities for reflecting on “Participation”:

  • Reflect on this passage this week. Read it more than once. Ask God to teach you through this text.
  • Journal about one or more pieces that stands out to you. What does this passage have to say about “participation?”
  • Write this passage into your own words.
  • Consider what you are most invested in, where your energy goes, where your emotional ties are. Can you move deeper into one of these areas? Is one area overcrowding other parts of your life? Is there another aspect of your life that needs your focus and attention? How might a shift from consumption to participation transform or create freedom in your experience?

(You’ll notice a cut around the 5-6 minute mark of the sermon. We removed the Q&A portion, as it was difficult to hear)

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