What is True Biblical Fellowship?
Message 1Acts 2:44-47by Cooper P Abrams III
INTRODUCTION: Some times familiar words lose their intended meaning. Such a word is "Fellowship" We use it a lot, but most times not in its biblical meaning. In our day the word is used to describe gathering ranging from coffee and donuts to worship services. Most times it is associated with gathering where there is eating. Now, there is nothing wrong with calling these fellowships. They are important and give us opportunity to be with one another to better get to know our church family. They are design to promote fellowship with each other. What I want to do today is look at the biblical use of the word and its use in Scripture and let it teach us what is true fellowship that God would have us to experience. The word used in Early Church, went far beyond occasional or regular gatherings, even though they met because of their common bond in Christ, and met at the same place and time, for a unified purpose. We learn in God's word that fellowship is a HEART issue, something to be felt and expressed, and something very important to be a part of. It should occur apart from any program, schedule, or activity. It is to be a way of life for believers in Jesus Christ to want to be in each other's company, to share things together and to help and support each other both physically and spiritually. If one of the members hurt we share that burden. Lets look at what fellowship meant to the early church. It is recorded in the New Testament to set an example for us today. I. THE FIVE ACTIVITIES OF THE BEGINNING CHURCH. ACTS 2:44-47 A. Three thousand souls were saved on the day of Pentecost. Within a few days 5000 more (Acts 4:4) believed. 1. The early church was born in a hostile society. The Jews had crucified Jesus less than two months earlier. It was not popular or healthy to be a believer. 2. Yet, these believers had to be close due their uniqueness as believers in Christ Jesus. The church (the assembling of believers) was the source of strength. They had at this time only the Old Testament and they were all Jews. B. Five things as recorded here kept them together, and strengthen them. 1. They continuing together in one accord.
2. They preached and taught the Gospel exhorting people to believe. V40,43 3. They had fellowship together. v44-45
4. They practices the ordnances, baptism and the Lord's Supper. 5. They Prayed.
C. Let us examine each activity.
II. ALL THAT BELIEVED WERE TOGETHER. V44
A. It means they met together. Part of their strength was in that they came together. The simple act of meeting together bonded them together and was a source of personal support. Because of their faith in Christ they were alienated from Jewish society. They were not only shunned, but in danger for their very lives. Thus the local church became their "support group." The Bible says they "all" came together. It appears twice in Acts 2:44, and once in 45. Later in Hebrews 10:19-25 when the Jewish believers were waning in their faith and faithfulness to their assemblies God tells them: Hebrews 10:19-25 "Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; And having an high priest over the house of God; Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching." The Lord combines church attendance with holding fast the profession of one's...
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