Summary: ‘Koinonia’ - Fellowship - Acts chapter2 verse 42 - sermon by Gordon Curley PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: firstname.lastname@example.org
(1). Meeting together
(2). Worshiping Together
(3). Praying together
(4). Sharing together
(5). Learning together
(6). Giving Together
(7). Evangelising Together.
“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”
• The “They” in this verse;
• Are three thousand people who responded to Peter’s preaching (vs 41);
• Three thousand people became followers of Jesus (Christians),
• And we are told that high on their list of priorities was ‘fellowship’.
• Sign on a Church notice board:
• When you were born, your mother brought you to church.
• When you were married, your wife brought you to church.
• When you die, your friends will bring you to church.
• Why not try coming to church on your own sometime'
• Now our the topic I have been asked to speak on today is ‘Fellowship’;
• And fellowship is far more than just attending a Church!
• But fellowship, meeting with other Christians;
• Has to start by being where other believers meet together.
Quote: Dictionary definition of the word ‘Fellowship’:
• The companionship of individuals in a congenial atmosphere and on equal terms:
• e.g. a voracious reader who found fellowship in a book club.
• Friendship; comradeship:
• e.g. a strong fellowship developed among them.
• A close association of friends or equals sharing similar interests:
• e.g. a fellowship of photographers.
Note: There are three key ideas that come out of this:
• FIRST: Fellowship means being a part of a group, a body of people.
• It is opposed to isolation and solitude.
• It is opposed to our present-day independent kind of individualism.
• SECOND: Fellowship means having or sharing with others certain things in common;
• Such as interest, goals, feelings, beliefs, activities, experiences, and concerns.
• THIRD: Fellowship can mean a partnership.
• That involves working together and caring for one another;
• i.e. Like a company of soldiers or members of a family.
TRANSITION: When a person decides to follow Jesus as their Saviour and Lord:
• Church will or should automatically take on a new significance.
• So much so;
• That I would say it is impossible to follow Jesus and not be part of a local Church.
• Because the word Church is never used for a building,
• It always means a collection of people.
• If you are a Christian, you never go to church;
• You are the church!
• The very first translation of the New Testament from Greek into English:
• Was by William Tyndale in 1526,
• But Tyndale had a translation problem over the Matthew chapter 16 verse 18:
• "Upon this rock I will build my Church".
• Because he did not want people to think that the living church of Jesus Christ:
• Was a building or an institution, the accepted religious establishment.