The last 4 video sessions of the BASIC series are particularly exciting because they help us revisit a topic we studied back in the fall of 2016. In the latter part of Acts 2, we read about what was most important for the early Christians: fellowship, teaching, prayer, and communion.
Session Overview: Fellowship
The church isn’t just a building. The Bible teaches us that the church is the people everywhere who fear God, follow Jesus, and are filled with the Holy Spirit. When we follow Jesus, we become part of a family of other followers. The Bible says that the first Christians shared everything together and took care of one another. This is what it means to have fellowship.
Francis Chan shared a story of a man who used to be a part of a gang. He gave his life to Jesus and got baptized. Shortly after, however, he stopped coming to church. When someone asked him why he hadn’t been around in a while, his response was sad and shocking. When he was a member of the gang, everyone had each other’s backs and they did everything together, 24/7. They were like a family. He explained how he was mistaken in assuming that church would be the same experience, if not better than the gang. What a shocking and sad statement, because this man had every reason to expect his Christian experience to be the same. We ought to love one another and have each other’s backs, 24/7. We are the family of God.
Acts 4:32 says, “Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him were his own, but they had everything in common.”
Jesus promised that he would build his church and create supernatural unity among his followers, so we don’t have to try really hard to make fellowship happen. But we do need to decide whether we want to adopt God’s plan of being a part of a family, or do things our own way. We can’t say we love Jesus when we neglect others, especially other followers of Jesus.
- How would you describe the mission of the church? (Matthew 28:18-20)
- What are some different kinds of needs people have, and how can Christians meet those needs?
- What does it mean for believers to be of one heart and one soul?
- Why do you think churches sometimes don’t feel like a close family, and how can we change that?
- Why do you think fellowship is better than staying comfortable and keeping to ourselves?