A human being lives, but he is given life.
The baptism of the Holy Spirit and fellowship groups go hand in hand. Both are necessary for the Christian to grow into fullness of Christ. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is essential for the core members of a fellowship group in order for the group to function as God intends. We see this clearly illustrated in the experience of Christ and the disciples. The 12 disciples were in a very close personal, group relationship with Christ and another for three and a half years. Yet we find them bickering on the way to Passover supper.
They had not yet attained the level of loving, committed fellowship with God or each other during those years. Simply being a part of a fellowship group which had Christ as the leader was not enough. It was not until they received the baptism of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost that made the difference. We see this in (Act 2:42) “And they continued in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowshipping, in the breaking bread and in prayer.” And in (Acts 2:46, 47) “So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they eat their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.” The only way this kind of fellowship can happen is through small
Think for a moment of a time when you were sitting around a campfire and watching the embers burn. In in order to keep the fire going is was important that you keep the embers close together and even put new wood on the fire occasionally. If an ember became separated from the other burning embers it would soon lose its fire and go out. This clearly illustrates the importance of Christian fellowship.
Supporting Scripture; Must read (1 Cor. 12:7-12), (Eph. 5:18), (Eph. 4:11-16)
Personal Reflection and Discussion
Imagine a Bible study group where everyone were ears…who would talk; if everyone was a mouth…who would listen; but because we’re all given different gifts when we do come together and reason the Word of God, we come away with a more perfect man. I always found it so interesting how truths are shuffled through out the Bible; they’re not arraged by topical order. It’s like God actually wants us to put it all together, have time to work things up in our minds and wala come up with a beautiful well grounded truth.
It’s like baking bread…all the ingredients are found naturally seperate till we put them together and see who much better it is. Wonder who was the first person to start mixing ingerdents. Wheat grains are good in it’s natural state but after we mulled it for a while and mix that with other ingredients it soo much better. We’re not meant to stand alone, but to come together make “bread” and feed the world.
I like the way you brought your comments together and made it so easy to follow. I think you are right. Even though we have the love of Christ we are all different people. We each have different gifts and God knows who to bring together and what gifts will help in each group. I have heard said,”oh we need to be having bigger groups” Maybe so but can’t you reach more by having several small groups where you can actually talk and get to know each other than one big group where you may only get to know one or two people.
you are right, the small group is much better. if your groupd gets to big people start hiding in it.