From its very beginning, one of the heart-beats of the Early Church was that of community. There was a fellowship that brought encouragement: they had a passion to learn the Word of God; they had a passion to do life together; they had a passion to remember Jesus Christ; and they had a passion to worship and to pray. They also had a message that they wanted to share with others about how God can change lives. And yet, they were willing to suffer for Jesus if that is what He asked of them. The strength of a local church is grounded in the strength of its sense of community.