The Fellowship of the Church

  •    Acts 2: 42-47

  The Fellowship of the Believers

 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. 

            “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” (v. 42)

 

     Speaking of another great blessing from attending our e-group meetings is the fellowship of the Church.  

Our English word, “fellowship” is the translation of the Greek word,   “koinonia,” which means “close association; communion; close relationship.”  

 It is the most frequently used word for fellowship, sharing, and communion.   This speaks of the act of using a thing in common.  

Applying to believers, we can only have true “fellowship” with those who have Christ in their hearts as Savior and Lord.   

Luke records “fellowship” as one of the four staples of the early Church (the other three are doctrine, breaking of bread or communion and prayer).  

The Bible tells us that we are called to fellowship with our Lord Jesus Christ

“God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.”  (1 Corinthians 1:9.)  

 But it also warns us not to fellowship with certain people:  

 “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?”  (2 Corinthians 6:14).      

The Bible shows us two important aspects of Christian fellowship. 

For fellowship to be complete in our lives we have to have both.-   A fellowship with God (1 John 1:3) and with our fellow brethren (1 John 1:7). 

It is a vertical and horizontal relationship and we can’t have one without the other.   This is another great reason why we have e-group ministry.  This provides the Church the venue and opportunity to fulfill this spiritual need in our hearts; that is, the need to be connected to our brethren and the Lord.

 

E-CONQUEST:   Become and Empowered

  • We were called to fellowship with Christ and His Church.   

  This devotional was prepared by Pastor Val Natcher for the ECMI E-Conquest Campaign.  Please feel free to type in your comments, feedback in the space provided below.  We also encourage you to share your related testimonies so that as we publish it here, others may be encouraged as well.  God bless !
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