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Bible Church International

The Church as My Fellowship

MY DEAREST CHURCH AS MY FELLOWSHIP


Acts 2:42-47:
42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
43 Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles.
44 All the believers were together and had everything in common.
45 Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he 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.


       Many people today are searching for a great church that is appropriate to their need. In their minds having many programs and ministries that cater for all ages is already a great church. Others define a great church as having great music ministry with a dynamic worship team. For others, having a spacious state of the art facility that is attracts the crowd. To some, a great church also means having a coffee or café area where they can gather and fellowship over a hot cup of java or cappuccino. But the question is, “Is it really what God wants for his Church?” Yes, people are seeking out a great church with all of these features. But the church that He seeks is the church that really loves HIS church.


Psalm 26:8:
“Lord, I love the house where you live, the place where your glory dwells”
Psalm 122:1:
“I rejoiced with those who said to me, Let us go to the house of the Lord”


What is church? The church signifies two things:


A.  Physical Structure (The Building)


Exodus 25:8-9:
“Then have them make a sanctuary for me and I will dwell among them. Make this tabernacle and all its furnishings exactly like the pattern I will show you”


B.  Believers (Body of Christ)


Why Do We Need Fellowship? Three (3) Significant Truths


I. IT BUILDS STRONG FAITH


Acts 2:42-44:
“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common.”


     In Greek the word fellowship translated to Koinonea”- it means “meeting or sharing together in common”


Illustration: A COAL - it needs to be many to make a fire. Removing a single coal from a group of coals will die.


Hebrews 10:25:
“Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another —and all the more as you see the Day approaching."


       The believers were devoted in meeting together that caused them to grow in their faith. As Christians we cannot stay strong in our faith without contact with our brothers and sisters in Christ. Through fellowship, the believers became bold and not ashamed to preach the gospel.


Luke 9:26:

Jesus said “Whoever is ashamed of Me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the Holy angels.”

II. IT BUILDS GOOD RELATIONSHIP


Acts 2:45-46:
“They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 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.”


How do the early church believers build good relationships?

A. By Caring through Prayer

Acts 2:42:
“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer”

       For the early church, prayer was most important in their Christian lives. They had a clear understanding that prayer is the strength and foundation of a church. They’ve been known as a prayerful church

Acts 4:23-24:
“On their release, Peter and John went back to their own people and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them. When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God…”

B. By Sharing their Possessions

Acts 2:45:
“They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need”

III. IT BUILDS GOD’S KINGDOM

       One of the major purposes of the fellowship that exists between Christians is that it builds the kingdom. Whose kingdom? God’s kingdom. When the fellowship continues to grow more souls have been saved and added to the church.

Acts 2:47:
“praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”

       The main purpose of their fellowship is to go and make disciples. Through their commitment to the great commission many people have been saved and added to the kingdom of God.

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