The Bible in Acts 2: 46 – 47 (MSG) says, ‘They followed a daily discipline of worship in the Temple followed by meals at home, every meal a celebration, exuberant and joyful, as they praised God. People in general liked what they saw. Every day their number grew as God added those who were saved’.
The 2nd chapter of the book of Acts, details how the disciples of Jesus received the Holy Spirit. I was reading it this evening and those two verses jumped out at me. The place and importance of fellowship in Christianity. It really cannot be over-emphasized. Even in the very first verse of chapter 2 says, ‘they were all together in one place’.
The church of old thrived on the principle of togetherness. Once people got saved, they sold all they had and put it in the church’s purse. One purse; they had freely received and freely gave. I know we may be thinking, ‘in this economy?’, but I’m not suggesting we do that. I’m just using that to point out the extent of their togetherness.
For some of us, attending church only on Sundays is a problem, a hassle, a burden. We think of going to church and we just can’t wait to get it over with. Just another Sunday. This shouldn’t be our attitude towards these things. It’s by fellowship that we begin to build our own personal relationship with God.
We have totally forgotten about all the other services apart from the conventional Sunday service. How about Sunday school? Or even house fellowship? Midweek services? I’m even scared to talk about night vigil. This services have not just been created so we have something to announce during the time for announcement. They are for our growth.
Not only is fellowship good for us, but it can also be used as a form of evangelism. The text says, ‘People in general liked what they saw’. Their number grew every day. My question to you today is this, will your fellowship with fellow Christians inspire unbelievers to accept Christ?