Acts 2:42-43 ESV - And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles.
koinonia meta Theos - koinonia met allelon: fellowship with God - fellowship with one another
1 Peter 4:10-11 NIV - Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.
Have you ever noticed that enjoyment and closeness in Christian fellowship occurs more when serving together than when listening together? As ministry teams exist and continue to be developed, how dedicated will you be to discovering your gift and using it to serve the vision and mission of Jesus Christ and His Church? When Peter indicates that we are to serve the cause and kingdom of Christ with the strength that God provides, shouldn’t we assume that God gives us strength to serve - no matter how tired or busy we think we are? What do you think of when you read Peter’s statement that serving together in blessing others brings glory to God? Do you consider serving together with a good attitude to be a form of true worship?
Galatians 5:13 NLT - For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.
Christian liberty is often misunderstood despite its glorious applications in our avoiding legalistic bondage. God has called us to live in freedom. How often do we misunderstand that freedom to mean “do whatever we want”? How often do you think of Christian freedom as that which God expects you to use in the service of others? Is Christian liberty to be used to love ourselves and our desires or to love others?
Ephesians 4:15-16 NLT - Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. 16 He makes the whole body ﬁt together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.
When we commit to serving together in the body of Christ (the Church), do we view it from God’s perspective or from what suits us? Do you believe it is God’s will for us to serve together in a way that causes His church to grow in health, strength, and size? If so, what special work are you faithfully and consistently doing that helps other Christians grow in spiritual health and strength? How do you measure your success? What special work are you faithfully and consistently doing that helps the church grow in greater health and number of disciples? How do you measure your success in this area of serving?
For more on “allelon” see, http://www.smallgroupchurches.com/the-59-one-anothers-of-the-bible/