on discipleship

November 25, 2012

True Biblical Fellowship results into Church Growth

Acts 2:42-46 42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common.45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts,

Acts 2 gives us a peek on what true fellowship is. In our times today, we have misused and abused fellowship. We have forgotten some crucial factors in fellowship – discipleship and growth.

We might have the apostle’s teaching, communion and prayer. Signs and wonders might be evident in your church. You might be practicing generosity and nobody is in need in your church because of the spirit of generosity. The fellowship is marked by glad and sincere hearts but if there is no growth in your church something is fundamentally wrong because the result of fellowship was discipleship.

Acts 2:47 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

There was a deliberate strategic effort for the believers to invite their friends and neighbors to fellowship. There was an engaging process among the people they live with. They love their Christian friends and are transformed by the gospel and they want their relatives and friends to experience the same thing.

Are you having fellowship and not attracting new people to Christ? Talk to your church friends about it and strategize on how you can effectively reach your circle of influence.