42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. (Acts 2:42 – 47)
Today we turn our attention to the Discipline of Fellowship as we continue to focus on our theme: A World in Need. In the 80s and early 90s there was a popular sitcom on TV called Cheers. The sitcom took place in a bar and had a very memorable opening song, which included the following lyrics:
“Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name
And they’re always glad you came
You want to be where you can see the troubles are all the same
You want to be where everybody knows your name”
I believe there is a lot of truth in the song but unfortunately a lot of people believe this kind of camaraderie is easier to achieve in a bar than in a church. Shouldn’t the quality of our fellowship be attractive to a world in need? Our passage today paints a picture of how attractive fellowship can be.
Please prayerfully read the passage above and answer the question below.
How can our fellowship attract a world in need and point them to the Saviour?
March 19, 2020 at 12:01 pm
Deep in the heart of each one of us is a need to be accepted; to be loved; to belong. We desire a non-judgmental environment where we can be free to be ourselves; an environment where we are cared for. This is what an environment of true Christian fellowship is to provide. The more we live like this with each other, the world will notice and, by the grace of God, be drawn to it. “That they may all be one, just as you Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you have sent me.” John 17:21 (ESV). Isn’t there a sense here that Jesus is teaching that there is a relationship between true fellowship and evangelism?
March 19, 2020 at 12:09 pm
As Christians the lost should see our selfless love for each other regardless of our differences. The unsaved person choose to love and fellowship with those that are like them, our love and fellowship should not be based on discrimination, but as a reflection of the love we received from Christ. Rom. 5:6-8
March 19, 2020 at 12:31 pm
The way we live should be an act of worship to God. Whether in church, or out in the world as we go about our day, the way we live should stand out to the people around us. If they notice a difference, they may want to know what it is about us, that no matter the circumstance, we have a joy, or peace, or uplifting attitude about us. When we let them know it’s because of Jesus in our lives, they may be receptive to knowing more about Him.
March 19, 2020 at 1:31 pm
Ah. Welcome the stranger comes to mind . The scenario in the text is so almost perfect, only to change later. The problem with humans is jealousy when they don’t have an equal share. If some are welcoming and draw others towards them, those on the perimeter feel left out, jealous or find fault with the main character. Cells form and competition begins. How do we lead them beyond the human arms and into God’s is my problem. Some find their way and others rely on leaders who may not remain true to the word as they gain power. So I will pray for Purity and Grace on this. Peace everyone.
March 19, 2020 at 1:52 pm
Adopting a lifestyle consistent with our belief, and living a transparent life.
March 19, 2020 at 5:43 pm
I recall as an (unbelieving) child I was astonished by the love, joy and comraderie I observed among the Christians on the book ship – Logos Hope. Part of me longed for it and made me wonder about God and why these people seemed so happy. I think that is the effect true fellowship has on an unbelieving world.
March 19, 2020 at 8:07 pm
I guess if we show our light and if it is truly visible it should make a difference.
But if we act like hypocrites then we will discourage.