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Summary: Looking at fellowship and how we overlook so much of what it means to us as Christians, but really Christianity offers something no other "religion" does, true fellowship.

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The Genius of Christianity!

Story of Linda and Whitehorse

Community is the genius of Christianity

-having areas of interest in common, sharing things

Acts 2:42

Koinonia- sharing, participation, contribution

Let’s study this more! Acts 2:44-47

Where is the community in this passage?

V. 44- in common (Contribution)

Not gather up and give it all away

But “it’s yours if you need it”

We are responsible for the welfare of our brothers

Pentecost (besides evangelism)

-needed a place to stay

-rejected by Jews

V. 45- shared (Sharing)

Everything was shared “as one had need”

Not passed out equally to all

Some needs were greater than others

V. 46- one mind (Participation)

See how they worked together

They were involved in each other’s lives

Today- some don’t even know what’s going on

Grape vine (gossip)

How would you have responded?

If you’re missing out on this, you might be missing out on more

1 John 1:3-7

Fellowship, community with God comes first

- good relationship, same page, goals & mindset

Why is this issue so important today?

I mean we have donuts each week right?

Shake hands with 2 who aren’t in your clique!

Individualism in society

We weren’t created for individualism

We were created for community

Not independence, but interdependence

1 Thess. 5:11; Heb. 3:13; Acts 15:32

The genius of Christianity is its community

There is no other faith that is this interwoven

What does this have to do with me?

You may be looking for a place to call home

A place to find hope and love

A community of people who love and support you

You may already be here and just not participate

Your priorities may not be allowing it

Challenge:

Give up one priority

Practice putting fellowship in its place


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