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

Every church we’ve been in has loved potlucks. There is something about getting together and sharing a meal as a church family that brings a church family together and helps to build relationships. Of course potlucks are only one means of fellowship, and in some cases may not even be fellowship. So what do we mean we talk about having fellowship with one another?

Fellowship literally means to have in common, and that is what we do in the church. In our house we have some stuff that belongs to each individual – clothing, beds, and things like that. Have you ever seen a little kid wear their fathers clothes? I would gladly give my children the clothes off my back if they wanted/needed them. After all we’re all part of the same family and helping them is good for all of us. There is some of this idea in fellowship.

Later in the book of Acts we are given an interesting description of the church at that time: “Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common.” Acts 4:32 The early church had everything in common – food, clothing, property, everything. This is what a church should have when it comes to fellowship, so what does it look like in our modern churches?

When I look at our church I try to look and see if we truly have all things in common – are people involved in each others lives. It’s one thing to go to church and be around other believers, but it’s another thing entirely to be involved with the other members of the church body. How after do we spend time in prayer together? Or worship? Or encouraging each other in our faith? If you run into a church where people are off doing their own thing it’s a quality you want to be wary of. Of course churches are not perfect and we may be in a time of learning fellowship and working on building that in our community.

This is just the second aspect of a growing church and we’ll look at the next two in the days ahead.