The first church was a community of people that shared the same interest (they wanted to follow Jesus) and goals. They favored and supported of each other.
Acts 2:42 NKJV
“And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread and in prayers.”
They continued steadfastly in fellowship, in the sharing in the lives of other believers. As they shared in each other’s lives the older believers were able to mentor the younger believers. They older believers were able to give godly advice because of their relationship with the new believers. The wisdom that they (older believers) had obtained was not only for them, it was shared with others.
New believers must be allowed and encouraged to share in the lives of other believers. They must be able (feel free) to ask for advice or counsel from other believers. Believers must fellowship with each other. We can draw strength and encouragement from others. Friendship (fellowship) in the body of Christ is something to be valued.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 NKJV
“Two are better then one,
Because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion.
But woe to him who is alone when he falls,
For he has no one to help him up. Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; But how can one be warm alone? Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”
Fellowship within the body of Christ is essential for the growth of the church. There are great benefits from friendship and companionship. When we share in in each other’s lives it will help bring relief and encouragement for problems and it will help us not to feel a sense of isolation or loneliness. Friends can give assistance, comfort, strength and defense. We must fellowship together in the Spirit with other believers.
Philippians 2:1-4 NKJV
“Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.”
Help us as a community of believers to continue steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread and in prayers. May we share in the lives of other believers and may the older believers mentor the younger believers. Fill your believers with godly advice and wisdom that they may be able to share with others. By the power of the Holy Spirit, help us to give assistance, comfort, strength and defense to other believers. And may we valve friendship and fellowship with other believers
In Jesus’ name, Amen