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February 2019

 

 

What a Fellowship

“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.”

Acts 2:42

      Man is made in the image of God. Therefore, like God in Trinity, we’ve been made with an innate desire for relationships. As one writer I recently read stated, “We were built for community.” Yet, as the same author goes on to say, “We are experiencing what is being called the loneliness epidemic.” In other words, although we have been hardwired with the desire for relationships, most people – especially the younger generations – are lonelier than ever. That is, despite us being “‘more connected than ever’ through social media and smartphones, the millennial generation and younger generations are the loneliest generations yet. Nearly half of Americans report sometimes or always feeling alone or left out.”

            Why is that? Adele Werner (the author I quoted above) suggests it’s because people lack community. She says, “People are looking for a place to be themselves, a place where they are wanted and valued.” Yet, many people don’t find that, especially on social media where much of it is about making yourself out to be the person you want to be instead of the person you are; where it is more about tearing other down than building others up. 

            So, what is the solution? Where can people – young and old – find a place of community, where they can share their feelings and their failures, their sorrows and their joys, their passions and purpose in openness and honesty? Where is it that a person can go and find encouragement to be everything God made them to be; to find a place where they are loved and valued, a place of belonging? The answer is the church; the community or fellowship of saints established in and through Christ.

           In her article Mrs. Werner says,

People are looking for a place to be themselves, a place where they are wanted and valued. And that’s what it’s like to be part of the Church. As a Christian, I know that I am wanted and valued by God. I was wanted and valued so much that He gave up His only Son for me. Being in a Christian community doesn’t mean everything is perfect—we clearly live in a fallen, sinful world with fallen, sinful people. But being part of the Church means that we know everyone is wanted and valued by the Lord of the universe.

            In Acts 2, we find such a fellowship of believers. Imperfect in many ways, but perfectly pointing us to the fellowship and community we will one day enjoy in eternity.

The church has so much that the world longs for, including community. Therefore, let’s continue to share in such a fellowship and community; trusting in the Lord to continue nurturing this among us; always in anticipation of the perfect fellowship that is still yet to come.  

Pastor Gideon

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