“They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” Acts 2:42
While fellowship (community) is a very common word among Christians, the intentional practice of fellowship as a discipline is not so common. The discipline of fellowship involves purposefully engaging in community building activities with other believers. Many of these activities are also other disciplines, such as worship, study, prayer, celebration, and service.
While fellowship can be experienced as part of a large group, the inner dynamics of fellowship are best experienced when the group is small enough for you to be known by everyone else in the group. Therefore, involvement in a small group, Bible study, or something like this is very instrumental to the practice of fellowship.
The Goal of Community is that you would have people who partner with you in your goal to become like Jesus. By pursuing community you are acknowledging the fact that you need others to help you pursue the full life of Jesus.(1)
Tips for Practicing Community
- If you are not already part of a small group of believers who meet consistently for the purpose of fellowship, find a group that you can join. Share with this group your desire to be intentional about fellowship.
- Spend some time meditating on the “one another” verses from the New Testament. Choose one or two that you would like to practice more regularly, and spend some time doing it in the context of fellowship.
- Read and meditate on 1 Corinthians 12:7-11. Consider a new way in which you might use your spiritual gift that will enhance your experience of fellowship.
- Serve in ministry, attend worship together, do hobbies, have lunch, take vacations, go on a mission trip together, do yard work with people from your small group. In essence, purposefully do life with a small group of believers.
- Ask God to help you form life-changing relationships which we define as a friendship with a mutual commitment to helping one another grow spiritually, relate biblically, and live missionally. Such relationships are often formed within REALife Groups.
Resources On Community
Rightnow Media* - 2 Holy Habits Channel
• What If? Alan Danielson (4 Week series on Community)
• The Challenge To Stay In Community: (In) Courage. (Ladies)
• Exploring the Nitty Gritty of Community: (In) Courage (Ladies)
God and Community – This is a great resource from Exploregod.com that will
challenge you in the area of depending on others.
Five Reasons a Small Group Will Help You Grow – In this article, you will find
five compelling reasons to engage in a small group community.
Hill Country Bible Church Small Groups – Find a small group that is right for
Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Buy Here)
Missional Small Groups: Becoming a Community that Changes the World by Scott Boren. (Buy Here)
We Need Each Other by Sanctus Real (Lyrics)
(1)© 2006 Michael Bischof, SOULeader Resources. All rights reserved.