Allelon - STUDYING Together

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

In the early church, do you notice the inseparable connection between “the apostles’ teaching” and “the fellowship” (doing life together as followers of Jesus Christ)?  Two of the most vital aspects of our spiritual growth are (1) our devouring, digesting, and displaying of God’s word and (2) spiritually-healthy, life-giving relationships.  How much time and effort are you investing in these two foundations of discipleship?

Colossians 3:16 ESV -  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

Think about Colossians 3:16.  How are you to “let the word of Christ dwell in you richly”?  By teaching and admonishing (encouraging, warning) one another (allelon)!  Is it enough to simply listen to preaching, or does God’s word penetrate us more as we study, teach, and admonish one another?  Likewise, what does this verse indicate about the need to allow other believers to teach and admonish you with the word of God?  Since this was written to the whole church, it was not referring to pulpit preaching but in doing life together - studying God’s word together - applying God’s word together.

Hebrews 10:24-25 NLT - Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. 25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.

Given how the early church would have understood this verse (not just about Sunday church services but also house meetings, prayer meetings, etc.), what does it tell us about the need to be involved with a small group that motivates, meets, encourages, and studies with one another?

Romans 15:14 ESV - I myself am satisfied about you, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able to instruct one another.

Do you think the ability of the church at Rome to instruct one another assume that they were well-studied and well-trained in their knowledge of the Scriptures?  Do you believe it is God’s will for you likewise to be about to be filled with sufficient knowledge of God’s word to be able to instruct, or advise, with Scripture your fellow Christians who are in need of some advice or direction?  How would you better describe the way you listen to Bible teaching and preaching - to consume and forget or to recall and share with others?

For more on “allelon” see, http://www.smallgroupchurches.com/the-59-one-anothers-of-the-bible/