The Church is called to be in fellowship together. This series looks at eight aspects of what fellowship looks like including being:- called, stewards, focussed, community, lead, thankful, revived, and prayerful.
Part 1 - Being Called
1 Peter 2:4-10
Jesus has called all of us, not just a special few, to be living stones in His spiritual house. The called ones stand on Jesus the cornerstone who makes us a chosen people, a royal priesthood and a holy nation.
Part 2 - Being Stewards
2 Corinthians 8:1-15
In fellowship together we have a responsibility to be good stewards of our resources so that we can support each other. Jesus helps us fulfil this responsibility by enabling us to have the grace to be generous givers.
Part 3 - Being Focussed
In fellowship together we are called to be distinct focussed disciples. Focussed disciples are salt and light – undiluted and not hidden. This focus may lead to persecution, or to people glorifying the Father. No matter the outcome we remain focussed.
Part 4 - Being Community
1 Corinthians 11:17-34
In Corinth the Lord’s Supper had become a place where privilege and class diversity was causing division. Through Paul’s rebuke we are called to examine whether our participation in the Lord’s Supper is unworthy.
Part 5 - Being Led
The author of Hebrews commands the congregation to remember, imitate, have confidence in and submit to godly leaders. The godly leaders who should be imitated are those who have a consistency in their relationship with Jesus, are biblically wise, and who equip the church to be distinct.
Part 6 - Being Thankful
1 Corinthians 1:4-9
Despite their sin, moral deficiency and division Paul is able to describe the church is Corinth as a group of people in fellowship together for which thankfulness can be offered. Such an outcome is possible because, in Christ, we are enriched and kept blameless as we live in fellowship with Jesus.
Part 7 - Being Revived
When we are connected to Jesus we can confidently approach the Holiness of God. This confidence should give us cause to consider how to spur on one another and build an environment of encouragement as we commit to our church fellowship.
Part 8 - Being Prayerful
Recognising that many prayers in the New Testament are in the plural and focus on community, not just individuals, this messages gathers many New Testament Scriptures to teach from Scripture how a church in fellowship together is to be a prayerful church.