Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.” (Matthew 16:23)
13 Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them. 14 Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matthew 19:13-14)
46 An argument started among the disciples as to which of them would be the greatest. 47 Jesus, knowing their thoughts, took a little child and had him stand beside him. 48 Then he said to them, “Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For it is the one who is least among you all who is the greatest.” (Luke 9:46-48)
I am sure all of you would have concluded yesterday that the Discipline of Fellowship is extremely important to Jesus. Today we will explore a very important aspect of effective fellowship – authenticity. Of course, Jesus is authenticity personified. The passages above provide examples of the level of authenticity Jesus displayed during his interactions with his disciples.
Please answer the two questions below.
- How can we improve the level of authenticity in our fellowship with believers?
- What practical steps can you take to improve your practice of Fellowship?