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