Building bridges with Fellowship

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This week we continued our new teaching series on ‘the Bridge’ which looks at the importance of building solid relationships within the church.

Building bridges of relationship with people inside the church is just as important as building them with people outside of the church. When we build bridges with each other inside the church we find emotional, spiritual, mental and practical support for our lives.

Building bridges inside the church builds a strong community.

We all have within us the desire for community. No person wants to truly be alone. We were not created for loneliness, we were created for community.
When God made our first father, Adam, He stood in the garden of Eden and said “it’s not good for man to be alone” so he made some company. We are created for community!

We are created for community, people are at their best when they are together, striving together, reaching forward together, supporting together, upholding one another emotionally, spiritually, mentally and practically.
Inside the church we have a word for this community, a word to describe how we spend time together and support each other:

Fellowship.

Fellowship is living life together

Churches start to run into problems though when fellowship just means morning tea. Or just means coffee, or just means church on Sunday. Fellowship is more than that.

Fellowship is not supposed to be visiting church once a week—and then forget about—but a collection of believers who choose to live life together.

Fellowship is about community. Fellowship is living life together.

The early church had this same idea at the core of their community.

That the vulnerable needed to be protected.

That we are stronger not when we are alone but when we are in community with each other.

They lived this idea that the local church shouldn’t be a place we visit once a week—and then forget about—but a collection of believers who choose to live life together.

In Acts 2:42-47 we see this clearly on display.

42 All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer.
43 A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. 44 And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. 45 They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. 46 They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity— 47 all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.

Critical for me is the first and last lines of that passage of Scripture. It starts with people supporting one another and it results in Godly witness and people coming to God because of their example.

The church shouldn’t be a place we visit once a week—and then forget about—but a collection of believers who choose to live life together.

Each of us should be asking the question, “how can I be more involved in people lives?” The point of church isn’t just Sunday, it is to build real, solid, joyful community with each other.

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