BCL Grow: Built Up in Love Together — Acts 2:42

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Acts 2:42 (Church)

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Bible Passage

And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. — Acts 2:42

Quote

“As the New Testament speaks of it, fellowship is deep, virile, and costly; too often today it is cheap and superficial.…The focus of fellowship is on what believers have in common with one another, what we share with one another, putting into practice the truth that we are woven together as members of one body.” — Dennis E. Johnson, The Message of Acts in the History of Redemption, p. 73.

Steps to Take

1. Consider: What is true Christian fellowship like? How is it different than simply getting together with friends?

2. Remember: What Scripture reveals about the early church immediately after the Holy Spirit was poured out at Pentecost was that fellowship among Christians in the church was intense and close. There were financial comittments (Acts 2:44; 4:32). They cared for one another (Acts 4:34). They were called to love one another with their actions (1 John 3:17-19). They were united together by the fellowship of the Holy Spirit (2 Cor. 13:14). And in Christ Jesus they were one united family from many backgrounds and ethnicities being built up in love (Eph. 4:15-16). They were brothers and sisters—each and every one adopted children of God (Gal. 4:5; Eph. 1:5). Remember that fellowship is one of the means God uses to care for his people who are bound together by the Spirit in love.

3. Respond: When you become a Christian through faith in Christ Jesus, you are a new creation with a new family—your eternal family, united in Christ, his body, the church. Fellowship is critically important; therefore, do not neglect gathering together. Care for each other deeply and sacrificially as God cares for you (Heb. 10:25; 13:16).