And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need.
So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.
It is a hard thing when someone asks for money. It is usually because it is a big amount. I recently read about a bride who cancelled her wedding because she asked every guest to give 1,500 to help fund her lavish wedding. Of course, all of her friends could not afford that and she threw a tantrum announcing that if a friend was not able to give, they were not a friend at all. I would have been fine with that.
After the salvation of all the new believers, the church fellowshipped a LOT. This fellowship was also discipleship as they grew in their new faith. They became very close to each other through teaching, and talking, and food and prayers. Their love for each other proved itself in their giving and sharing. This sense of community was so strong that it became a huge outreach. Daily many were coming to Christ.
Are you able to reach out and fellowship? We get all caught up in doing things the “most perfect” way. But what about fellowship becoming a lifestyle for believers? Have we missed the boat with our contemporary way of doing church?
Written by Kaye Dee Richards. Kaye Dee lives with her husband Colin in Morrison, CO. They have 4 children, Joshua, Amelia, Victoria, and Julia.