Second foundational Pillar: Fellowship (Acts 2:42) with Pastor Michael Petit. Calvary Chapel Devine WeeklY Devotion.
SECOND FOUNDATIONAL PILLAR: FELLOWSHIP (ACTS 2:42)
Are you devoted to Fellowship?
For most Christians today you say fellowship and they think potluck. Like did the banana pudding make it, or I may not come. Nope that’s not what we are talking about “fellowship” comes from the Greek word "koinonia" means community to share which one has in anything, participation. We actually admonish each other with the word, prayer, love, encouragement and faith.
In the Book of Acts especially in Acts we see something very important they’re fellowship was relational; God designs it that way to live life together.
Acts 2:43 And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles.  And all who believed were together and had all things in common.  And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need.
So, fellowship isn’t just serving and spending time on Sunday. It is being devoted to commit to gathering and discipleship as a church and to meet the needs the community, and that is the community surrounding us in Devine, Texas.
Koinonia (Fellowship ) is agreeing with one another, being united in purpose, and serving alongside each other. Our koinonia with each other is based on our common koinonia with Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 1:9
God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
For the early church it was practical they would just spring into action helping each other out of love. Meaning Spirit led them to help who they could help. Many were becoming followers of Jesus. They were losing their jobs, houses and being removed from their families because they were following Jesus.
Acts 2:45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need.
A powerful example of what koinonia should look like can be found in a study of the phrase “one another” in the Bible.
Romans 12:10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.
Romans 15:7 Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.
1 Peter 4:9 Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.
Fellowship should be discipleship, We learn the word, apply it and grow but yet teach it to others. We should and need more church. Our churches should be open to community and to one another. No one should stand alone through crisis, illness, family troubles, sickness or death being together through the hardship, suffering or even joy. It’s being together with God’s people.
So be steadfast in fellowship “koinonia” is helping others and consistent in helping the church. We help are brothers and sisters in need when we can. I also need to be responsible for what God provides for me. Fellowship is love, unity and us pressing towards the goal of sharing life, love and labor together to see Jesus move it is awesome. Fellowship isn’t just a potluck, it’s coming together as a body being imitators & sharing God, we have common life, common load and love that makes fellowship and should be a sweet fragrance.
Ephesians 5:1-2 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
In church we should eagerly attend it, Sharing the Gospel of Jesus we defend it and by sharing our faith we extend it by evangelizing. Think you will share about a great movie or restaurant but will share about Christ. We will you open the doors of your home. Would you share life with those in the church? Or you the first one out the door as soon as church is over? Be eager to share fellowship with one another. Let us grow together as church family in fellowship.
Simple Man that Loves the Lord and Loves teaching the Bible simply.