Devoted To The Fellowship

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Scripture Focus- Acts 2:42-47

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Devoted= steadfastly continuing

Fellowship= koinonia- common life

What does it mean to be devoted to the fellowship?

United with Christ

Incredible differences in the gathered church- background, education, vocation, life experiences, interests. United with Christ/ One Another

It is about our common relationship before our common activity.

V44 All the believers were together.

Through faith in Christ, God becomes our Father, we become his children, other believers become our brothers and sisters, and the church becomes our spiritual family.

Ephesians 4:4-6

Growing God’s Forever Family- in number and in maturity

Committed to One Another

V44 held all things in common; v46 devoted themselves to meeting together in the temple, and house to house

Healthy biological family-  Love, time, challenges, loyalty

Culture of me says I am unwilling to commit- benefiting from the ministry of the church but not committing to the church is like shacking up but not being willing to get married.

Romans 12:9-18

American churches are in a commitment crisis- consumer culture of convenience,  1/3 to 1/2 of the average congregation is not in attendance on any given week. Why? People have better things to do, they lack of focus, sports and recreation have taken over, affluence has created opportunities people did not have in the past. Idolatry attacks commitment. Does it have to be this way?

Commitment to the fellowship is not an option/obligation, not out of convenience/dedication.

Dedicated to God’s Mission

Acts 1:8 came to life. Witness= someone who bears testimony. Witness to the world, about the son, telling the truth about salvation. People came to Christ and into the family of God!

Philippians 1:3-5 Partnership= koinonia- partners in grace, filled with the fruit of righteousness

We must ave concern for one another, build up and enjoy the family of God, and because we look out into the world and see people who need to know God, we are dedicated to God’s Mission.

2:47 . . .Every day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.