Value of Teams

Passage for Today

Acts 2:42-47

42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.


  1. What new insights do you see from this passage?
  2. How can you apply these same actions in your own life with other brother's and sisters?
  3. Who do you struggle to live in unity with? Pray for them and your attitude toward them.


By Danny Sathyadass

While the acronym TEAMS stand for Teaching, Evangelism, Adoration, Mentoring, and Sharing, the word teams is yet another value which the early believers practiced when meeting in homes.

While the large gathering of 3000 and more, did gather in temple courts, the intimate fellowship of family and friends in homes enhanced the early believers’ solidarity of commitment. The practice of gathering in homes for the Passover celebration was the norm for centuries, however, when the Spirit of God came upon these early believers this annual feast became a daily celebration. The gathering of people in homes would have comprised of a household along with neighbors and extended family members. These teams were voluntary discipleship groups that came together in response to the Holy Spirit. They were autonomous yet interdependent teams who devoted themselves to the apostles teaching, prayer and to fellowship (Acts 2:42). In other words, the Apostles did not initiate, organize, manage or control these teams/ small discipleship groups, but they actively affirmed, encouraged and empowered them.

The large gathering in the temple courts would have indeed been exciting and celebrative, but right from the very start, the Jewish temple authorities opposed them (Acts 4: 1-3). Even as early as Acts 8, there was intense opposition; Stephen was killed, and all the believers were scattered.

It was an expensive project- it was a government funded project even from its inception.

It was built with wrong motives- History says Herod rebuilt the temple to appease the Jews.

The gathering at the temple courts was short lived and temporary-By 70 AD the temple was destroyed completely.

We can thank God for large facilities and large gatherings which are more visible in generally peaceful and prosperous locations. They are more optional than the norm. However, let us not hinder or underestimate the value of committed teams/ small groups gathering as a church in any convenient space. They can in fact multiply even faster during times of persecution and other hardships. Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went Acts 8:4.

*  This devotion was found at titled “Acts Chapter Two” by Danny Sathyadass of City Light Global.

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