Step #1 – Give up
Step #2 – Think up
Step #3 – Look up
Practice #4: Love In
– We were made for each other
– Bible term: “fellowship” (koinonia – shared life)
BIG IDEA: The practice of fellowship is engaging in common activities like worship, learning from the Bible, praying, sharing, confessing, and serving with other disciples of Jesus for the purpose of our mutual growth and the blessing of other people outside of our community.
What Fellowship looks like:
1.Fellowship requires authenticity
“they ate with glad and sincere hearts”
– It is not about pretense. Acts 5:1-11
– It is real and raw and hard and messy.
– “sincere” is derived from 2 words: sunlight and discernment1 John 1:7
2.Fellowship requires commitment
– It doesn’t happen by accident
“Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts.” Acts 2:46
When you devote yourself to the fellowship and to the practice of certain basic activities together with other people, God will work in your life, because we contain more of him together.
3.Fellowship requires sharing
– They shared resources
– They shared the truth with each other. Ephesians 4:15
The early church had all kinds of conflicts.
4.Fellowship means we share our sufferings
“Share each other’s troubles and problems, and in this way, obey the law of Christ.”
– Make a decision to be present (here or at home)
– Make a decision to move from convenient to committed
– Find a prayer partner for the rest of the series