Summary: How do people fail at fellowshipping?
WHAT FELLOWSHIP IS NOT
CHURCH SERIES #2: DEVOTED TO FELLOWSHIP
BIBLE VERSE: ACTS 2:42-47
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, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
TRANSITION: The book of Acts lays out the foundation of the early church, and quite honestly, the modern church as well. Specifically, these 5 verses here explain perfectly the role of the church and what the church is supposed to be and do. So this next series, which continues our Acts 2 series, will be a look at the specific role of the church breaking down part by part week by week.
A. Devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching.
B. Devoted themselves to fellowship.
C. Devoted themselves to the breaking of bread.
D. Devoted themselves to prayer.
E. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs.
F. All believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.
G. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts.
H. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts.
I. They praised God.
J. They enjoyed the favor of all people.
K. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
OPEN: One of the actions performed by the church is fellowship. And though we as believers may not always fellowship directly in line with the scriptures (koininia according to the verses), I firmly believe that our church and specifically our group does an absolutely fantastic job of gathering together.
TRANSITION: So this lesson isn’t so much as to what is fellowship. I think every church pot luck, laser tag, Winter Jam, lock-in, Risk tournament, Pointer’s Pizza, or even Never Have I Ever tends to take care of that (the main point being the one on one personal relationships molded from those times). So this lesson is what fellowship is NOT.
THE QUESTION: HOW DO PEOPLE FAIL AT FELLOWSHIP?
Unlike the typical five question small group. This small group lesson has ONE question, and a number of different answers (leaders, feel free to break down any and all the ones you look through, feel free to add your own since this by no means is an exhaustive list, but it does cover some of the majors). I want to point out that though I list a bunch of “types of Christians” who really don’t fellowship, being honest, the real reason some people who say their Christian do not fellowship is because quite simply they are not Christian (that will actually be the last point made, so it may not be needed to be mentioned this early in the lesson).