On this Second Sunday of Easter, we will explore the transforming power of God on the lives of the followers of Jesus, after Christ's resurrection and after the power of the Holy Spirit had come upon the group. We will reflect on the idea of "unity" and "universality" without the necessity of strict "uniformity"...and how these ideas opens our hearts and minds to the transforming power of the Holy Spirit.
Our Scripture passage is found in the Book of Acts. You may find the Scripture lesson by selecting the following link: (Acts 4:32-35).
For continuing study, reflect on these questions (found in the study guide below):
Prior to reading the Scripture lesson, imagine yourself to be one of the followers of Jesus, waiting for the coming of the Holy Spirit. What might be some of the hopes and expectations you are waiting to receive?
After reading the Scripture lesson, and the "WHAT..." paragraph in the guide below, reflect on the idea of the "gathered community" sharing all that they have...and what do you imagine it means for them to have care and compassion for each other in all things?
After reading the "WHERE..." paragraph below, reflect on the following: what did it mean for the early church to be unified "one heart and soul?" and what do you imagine was the source of their unity?
After reading the "SO WHAT..." paragraph below, consider the author's question: "does the resurrection of Jesus still have power to transform today?"