Sunday Evening 10-14-2012

Posted by Sherry


More than Fellowship: Understanding Koinonia 
Acts 2:41-47 
CBC 10/14/12 SN
INTRO: 
What do you expect to gain from a small group?
What do you expect out of this church?

What should this small group expect from you?
What should this church expect from you?

41 Therefore those who accepted and welcomed his message were baptized, and there were added that day about 3,000 souls.
42 And they steadfastly persevered, devoting themselves constantly to the instruction and fellowship of the apostles, to the breaking of bread [including the Lord’s Supper] and prayers.
43 And a sense of awe (reverential fear) came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were performed through the apostles (the special messengers).
44 And all who believed (who adhered to and trusted in and relied on Jesus Christ) were united and [together] they had everything in common;
45 And they sold their possessions (both their landed property and their movable goods) and distributed the price among all, according as any had need.
46 And day after day they regularly assembled in the temple with united purpose, and in their homes they broke bread [including the Lord’s Supper]. They partook of their food with gladness and simplicity and generous hearts,
47 Constantly praising God and being in favor and goodwill with all the people; and the Lord kept adding [to their number] daily those who were being saved [from spiritual death].

  • Are you familiar with the word “FELLOWSHIP”?
    • An infant not touched regularly by human hands can suffer a fatal abnormality known as “failure to thrive” syndrome
    • that can happen in our spiritual lives as well
    • I’ve been asked, “Why don’t the young adults seem more committed to our church”
    • According to our text, one possibility is that there is not enough interaction between our older members and our younger members.
    • I’ve noticed @ our “eating meetings” older members sit with their long time friends to the exclusion of the younger members...every single time.
    • the only way to “connect” the younger members is to include them in your circle
  • v42 devoting themselves constantly to the instruction and fellowship of the apostles, to the breaking of bread [including the Lord’s Supper] and prayers.
    • fellowship here is - a sharer, companion, a partaker & participant in communion
  • v43 a sense of awe (reverential fear) came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were performed through the apostles
    • that’s the “by-product” of genuine “fellowship”
  • v44-45 And all who believed (who adhered to and trusted in and relied on Jesus Christ) were united and [together] they had everything in common;45 And they sold their possessions (both their landed property and their movable goods) and distributed the price among all, according as any had need.
    • Notice some important words...
      • united
      • together
      • common
      • sharing
      • ...that’s fellowship!
      • I’m not sure we’re not shooting ourselves in the foot when we promote an early service for the sole purpose of being “SEPARATE” from the younger members because their worship preference & style doesn’t suit our taste...
  • True Fellowship
    • when we demonstrate genuine caring for each other
    • when we notice and meet each other’s needs
    • it’s beyond saying, “I care for you”
    • Fellowship means we “take action”
  • v46 And day after day they regularly assembled in the temple with united purpose, and in their homes they broke bread [including the Lord’s Supper]. They partook of their food with gladness and simplicity and generous hearts,
    • being of one mind...
    • doesn’t mean we all have the same preference
    • does mean we are all united in one purpose...longevity of CBC as the Lord’s church in Prescott, AR, fulfilling the great commission.
    • maintaining a singular focus to serve God and serve each other
    • our motive for being here is to PLEASE GOD...and leave ourselves out of it.
* Greater LOVE hath no man than this, that a man LAY DOWN his life for his friends...
  • (sometimes we must lay down our preferences for the cause of Christ...)
    • why don’t they lay down their preferences???
    • b/c they’re going to be here longer than you are and the longevity of the church is dependent on them and not you
    • the benefit is this...
John 13:35 “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another”

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