Acts 2:42 (KJV) And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
I admire these men and women so. They were so hungry for the Word. They were constant, committed, and steadfast to the Gospel message, to prayer and fellowship with others believers.
Consider the meaning of the word devotion: a profound dedication, consecration; earnest attachment to a cause They set themselves apart, wholly dedicated to their faith and community. Their time was spent searching the scriptures, coming together in fellowship and prayer; they were sharing, serving, becoring together as the body of Christ.
According to Merriam-Webster’s fellowship can be defined as: a community of interest, activity, feeling, or experience; also considered a company of equals or friends
They knew that their strength, their power and refreshing came from time spent in the presence of the Lord. They knew they could deepen their understanding and grow in their walk, as they gathered more and more, together.. They chose to take this walk together. In all ways. They understood, and embraced, one another ~ Not one thing was seen as their own but rather all belonged to Christ. Service as God desires.
We have “a future that is so wonderful it is hard to even imagine.” The joy that awaits those who endure to the end and live in obedience to His Word … Enjoy:
We are truly so very blessed – Do we understand how precious His truth is? We are chosen; called out to be His people. There is a power and a deeper responsibility that comes with that. A calling that means so much more than any other. As His people; gifted with His word, we must reach out. We must be a stronger and bolder community – sharing the Gospel with those in need – and so many are in desperate need. Many do not even know it. And this requires community – a need to stand strong and sure, together, in one accord. We cannot do this alone.
It is summed up well in a post I read on another lovely lady’s blog. It really hit home about why so many hesitate to get plugged in… “Many people have been burned by unhealthy churches or cruel, unkind and judgmental Christians”. So TRUE! As one who has been around too many churches, a variety of denominations – I was one a Buddhist, an active occultist (Pagan) Catholic, Lutheran, Episcopalian….you name it…..I was turned off so many things. I always knew there was something more – I knew it was deeper – I was turned off by this idea that we could have our faith in a variety of ways. If the scripture says it, don’t we live it? Let us study, as did the Bereans, that we may be in His Word and speaking truth as it is written. Remembering that God, He is the same yesterday, today and forever. No change, no confusion. Just one way. ❤
Hebrews 10:24-25 tells us to ‘consider how to stir up one another to love and good works’, not neglecting to meet together. The closer we are as a community, the easier it is to shoulder the burdens and strengthen each other through our hardships. We are a selfish, sinful lot and we will have conflict within our ‘community’ but it’s also where we find guidance and grace. ‘… God intends the church, not to be one more bolt on the wheel of activity in our lives but the very hub at the center of one’s life and community”. – Randy Frazee, The Connecting Church