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The Sharing Society Acts 4:32-35

The Sharing Society

Followers of Jesus are a sharing society.

At a Glance

Zipcars, Couchsurfing and ShareDesk allow people to share resources and achieve goals. Sounds similar to what happened in the Jerusalem church described in today's text.

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's gospel text, see "The Verifier Approach," April 3, 2005, at 

What would you call a group of people who share their cars, their clothes, their couches and their computers?


Well, maybe. But not necessarily.

They might be Christians.

The book of Acts tells us that "the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common" (v. 32). In first-century Jerusalem, the members of the church shared what they had with each other.

They were trying to build a sharing society.

Unfortunately, we don't have many positive examples of common ownership. Communism around the world has been a disaster. On one occasion...

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