Acts 2:42-47 – They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles. And all the believers were together and had all things in common; and they would sell their property and possessions and share them with all, to the extent that anyone had need. Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.
I’d like to share two significant ways our chapter embraces the Acts 2:42-47 church.
Every December we make a reservation at Buca di Beppo and head to the restaurant in Austin for our annual Christmas party and gift exchange. We usually have between 20-30 students attending and the family style dining is a huge hit as we all share plates of Italian food. The gift exchange part of the evening is often pretty raucous as well as funny. It’s a great way to celebrate the end of the fall semester and build community beyond the regular weekly meetings.
During our 2021 Summer Apologetics Retreat, the tradition to end our retreat was to have a night out at a waterfront restaurant in Port Aransas, TX. After dinner, while a few of the students were sitting on the dock overlooking the water, a student dropped her smartphone in the water when another student accidently bumped her arm. On the way back to our lodging, we asked another student to figure out the replacement cost of a refurbished phone. Before lights out we gathered in the living room, and I asked if any student had the approximate $500 to help the student replace her phone. Of course, no one did so I put a small container out and asked the students to contribute what they could to help, intending to make up the difference myself. I didn’t have to. Seventeen students came up with $481 to help purchase a refurbished phone for the one that was accidently lost. Someone had a need, and our Acts 2:42 College Prep students met that need and learned a powerful scriptural principle in the process.
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