2nd July 2020
“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. 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, praising God and enjoying the favour of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”
Acts 2:42-47 (NIV)
Over the past few weeks I have loved having people visit our home. Oli and I have been able to host Impact Online in our home and meet with our connect groups in person again. It has been a good reminder of how important fellowship really is!
Just before this verse, the disciples had been on a pretty wild journey. Their teacher, Jesus, who they had been following for three years had just died, then had come back to life and ascended to Heaven. The Holy Spirit fell on the day of Pentecost and they had begun to speak in tongues. Peter also had just preached an epic sermon and 3,000 people were saved! Now that Jesus was not physically with them, the disciples had to figure out what this newfound Christian life should look like. This is when the early church was birthed.
Acts 2:42-47 describes the key elements that made up the early church:
Studying the scriptures
Experiencing miraculous signs and wonders
Meeting in each other’s homes
People experiencing salvation.
Sound familiar? Although we haven’t been able to physically meet in our church buildings, we’ve still been able to participate in the key principles of how the church was founded.
When reading this scripture, the word ‘fellowship’ (verse 42) stood out to me, so I looked up the meaning of the word in the original language. The literal meaning of the word fellowship in this verse is ‘partnership’. The social meaning of the word is ‘participation’. Isn’t this amazing! When we fellowship together, whether that be watching Impact Online, or meeting with others in our homes, we are actually partnering with one another. When we fellowship, we are participating in something greater than ourselves.
Who can you partner with this week? How can you participate in church during this season? Like the early church, let’s make a conscious effort to fellowship together.