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The early Church and Fellowship

I personally believe that the Lord is moving His people to work more closely at what the New Testament church was like. I believe that we are not only being called to continue “Steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine” but to continue steadfastly in fellowship, in the breaking bread and in prayer (Act 2:42). God is calling His children to be His remnant people just like He called the early church, not only in doctrine but in fellowship as well.

Let’s take a look at what God’s early church was like. As the Christians became unwelcome in the Jewish temples, their homes became meeting places. Many verses in the Bible support this (Acts 20:20,
Romans 16:5, 1 Cor. 1:16).   The apostles certainly understood the importance of small home fellowship. For three and one half years they had worshipped and fellowshipped with Jesus in this manner. These small fellowship groups were conducive to growth. The close, intimate fellowship that results from the smaller group creates a very close bond between members of the group.

As God said in the beginning, “it is not good for the man to be alone” (Gen. 2:18) it is also not good for the Christian to try to withstand the forces of Satan and the world alone.

Supporting Scripture; (1 Cor. 16:19), (Col 4:15), (Acts 1:13),(Act 2:47)

 

Personal Reflection and Discussion

  1. Where did the early Christian church meet in fellowship?
  2. What fellowship groups are you involved in?
  3. Why is Christian fellowship so important?

Prayer Activities

  1. Call your Partner and discuss this devotional.
  2. Contact the people on your prayer list and let them know you are still praying for them.
  3. Pray with then and ask for the following;
    • For God to fill your heart with His nature.
    • For God to strengthen your fellowship with other Christians.
    • For the individuals on your pray list.
    • That we continue to seek the Holy Spirit
  4. For today use the following Bible verse in your prayer (Isa. 62;6, 7)

About bobh6

I am Seventh-day Adventist pastor in the Texas Panhandle

4 comments on “The early Church and Fellowship

  1. Amalia
    August 3, 2011

    It seems like God used hard times to bring them together. We beileve before Jesus returns again we will be oust by the religious groups of that time and suffer persecution, that would again repeat the circumstances the early church went through drawing true christians back into those supportive groups. It’s a shame it seems while the going is good we neglect the intimate fellowship of the christian family, but when things get hard the family is where we run to…and how nice to know they would be there to help.

    I’m sure this could ring true with anyone’s bological family, maybe some more than others. Some of our most trying times are when the family comes together and form such a special bond it could very well be referred to as the worst of times and the best of times. I look back at some of our financially hardest times and smile remembering how sweet that experience was. Some comfort knowing, come what may at the end times, we would find joy and strength to help us through it all.

    • bobh6
      August 3, 2011

      I read somewhere that “God whispers to us in our pleasure and shouts to us in our pain.” We all need each other and God shouting at us during the End Times to help keep our yes on Him. Because I do not know about you but God may whisper during the good times but I have very load friends and they shout at me even during the good times, and that helps keep me moving forward.

      • Amalia
        August 3, 2011

        I guess some people are more hard headed or hard of hearing than others. lol Is it because of your old age? 😀

      • bobh6
        August 4, 2011

        That’s not nice. But it is funny

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