Summary: “Believers Acquiring Skills for Intimacy with Christ”.
B.A.S.I.C Series -Part 4
Joke: Many of you heard about Diane falling and hitting her face on the pavement (and she also broke her foot in a couple of places). Well, in honor of her, that reminded me of a joke (I think you ladies will appreciate this one):
Three guys were camping and, like guys do when they get together, they started bragging.....
First guy said, I married a girl from Kansas
Second guy. Well I married a girl from Oklahoma
Third guy said, “I married a girl from Texas...
OPEN: Well, we’ve been talking about the BASICS.
Quiet Time, and
Today there are many “basic”
things I could talk about: o Prayer
oTithing (Giving to the Lord financially)
o Serving oWorship, etc.
￼But what I felt most compelled to
￼talk about for this final message in
￼this series is: FELLOWSHIP
(TELL STORY OF WHEN WE FIRST STARTED RESTORATION FELLOWSHIP CHURCH)
￼Fellowship IS a BIG Deal. And the
￼reason why it’s a big deal is because
￼it’s a big deal to God.
But what is fellowship? Well, in churches we have....
Fellowship lunches, even
during our services.
But does that mean that we are truly “fellowshipping”? Probably not.
The dictionary defines fellowship this way:
￼1. a group of people meeting
￼together to pursue a shared
￼interest or aim
The Bible uses another word. The Bible uses the word:
it literally means “to share
everything in your life” (everything that is permissible by God)
A fellow Pastor that I highly respect teaches about the biblical importance of “Fellowship”. His name is Frances Chan and he is a highly sought after speaker at many Christian conferences today. Please listen to what he has to say about FELLOWSHIP. PLAY VIDEO
￼￼Acts 2:42 says 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.
￼Three Biblical Reasons for
￼# 1 - Fellowship Builds Faith
A. We strengthen and support one another when we fellowship
￼burdens, and in this way you
￼will fulfill the law of Christ.
b. Haveyoueverwondered what that last part means “fulfill the law of Christ”
i. Contrast the Law of Moses and the Law of Jesus
1. Onewasafault- finder
2. Theotherisafault- over-looker
￼command I give you:
￼Love one another. As I
￼have loved you, so
￼you must love one
￼Galatians 6:1 says Dear brothers
￼and sisters, if another believer is
￼overcome by some sin, you who are
￼godly should gently and humbly
￼help that person back onto the right
￼path. And be careful not to fall into
￼the same temptation yourself.
￼# 2 – Fellowship Builds
￼a. Acts 2:44 says, “And all the
￼believers met together in one
￼place and shared everything
￼b. Jesus prayed for us in John 17. And you know what he prayed? That we would be ONE! And that’s what Fellowship will do! Listen to what he prayed:
￼I pray that they will all be
￼one, just as you and I are one—
￼as you are in me, Father, and I
￼am in you. And may they be in
￼us so that the world will
￼believe you sent me.
￼TRANSITION: SO WHY FELLOWSHIP? # 1 - BECAUSE FELLOWSHIP BUILDS FAITH AND # 2 - FELLOWSHIP BUILDS RELATIONSHIPS.
QUOTE: One pastor said this about Fellowship:
“The local church will grow if the people in the church devote themselves to fellowshipping with one another. We have to do whatever it takes to spend more
￼# 3 – FELLOWSHIP BUILDS
￼THE KINGDOM OF GOD
time with one another in and out of church, this is a great witness to the community. When people see such a close knit group of people they will want to be a part of the fellowship here.”
We are often called and compared to sheep. Imagine that we are a flock or herd of sheep. And there are many wolves around us. They are trying to get to us and tear us apart, but they cannot. Why? Because we stick together. We are stronger as a group than we are as individuals.
Now, let one or two stray away and say “I really don’t need to fellowship, I can go
over here and “do my own thing”. That one has now put themselves in a dangerous and compromising position. They are now an easier target for the wolf.
CLOSE: Talk about Fellowship Groups.