MONDAY SCHOOL for July 23, 2017, #3.4
from What We Have In Common In The Normal Christian Church Acts 2:42 And they devoted themselves to … fellowship …
QUOTE: Four simple things …. and one of them is this: they devoted themselves to fellowship. They devoted themselves to relationships. They devoted themselves to building healthy relationships between people. They devoted themselves to the Greek word Koinonia. To the practice of Koinonia.
The word Koinonia literally means partnership. When we are doing as a church what we need to do, what the world needs us to do, what will help people to live happy and fulfilling lives, we are strengthening and building partnerships with other people by such silly things as bus trips. Like the group of women that traveled all the way to see Beth Moore in Evansville, Indiana, this weekend. By such silly things as a fellowship dinner. By walking out of the sanctuary and to the fellowship hall, and enjoying delicious cinnamon rolls that Tammi and Wayne Hoard brought early this morning. Just so that you could enjoy them.
I can always tell when the Holy Spirit has really spoken to the congregation. You know why? You’re not quick to leave. You want to take a little bit of time to talk to each other because when the Holy Spirit touches us, we want to be in touch with others. We want to link up with our spiritual partners.
So every time I see you standing in little groups around the church, talking, or down there by the cinnamon rolls, I understand that we are doing one of the main things that builds and strengthens the church, and changes the problems of our entire society. Because we’re building partnerships with people!
Let’s look at scripture. Acts 4:24. They devoted themselves to the apostle’s teaching and fellowship. Notice that the bus trip is as equally important as the bible study. They did their fellowship on purpose and intentionally. They devoted themselves to the breaking of bread, which is communion, and the places of prayer. Acts 2:46 And day by day attending the temple together. Day by day attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes together, they partook of food with glad and generous heart. That builds the church.
THINKING IT THROUGH
What gets your attention? Why?
What is the human need or problem here?
What is that like?
SOW: What does it SAY?
What does it say that I should OBEY?
WHO needs to hear this?
What is the divine solution?
How can we visualize it?
How can we make it happen? What are the steps?
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This post is based on the sermon series: The Normal Christian Church – Acts 2:42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. Sermon #3. What We Have In Common In The Normal Christian Church Acts 2:42 And they devoted themselves to … fellowship …