And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. Acts 2:42

 

The opening verse and those after it describe the life of early Christians in Jerusalem. They devoted themselves to fellowship that was characterized by:

1. Common doctrine based on the person and work of Jesus Christ.

2. Sharing of meals together – this may have been the ceremonial meal in remembrance of the sufferings of Christ (communion), or simply their daily meals.

3. Appropriate confession of sins to one another and praying for one another (James 5:16).

4. Meeting one anothers physical and social needs (Acts 2:45)

5. Meeting together to encourage one another towards love, good deeds and perseverance (Hebrews 10:24-25)

6. Working together in Christian ministry (Colossians 1:1-8)

7. Mutual love for one another (John 13:34)

 

A Christian community that experiences these things is vibrant and alive. The love for Christ and people will be obvious.

 

BY OLAMIDE FRANCIS.

 

The above points are characteristics of what a Christian fellowship is or should be made up of. Take a clue from this and check if any gathering you are in manifests these. Follow us on social media for daily contents (Twitter and Instagram: @GospelArenaGL), Facebook: facebook.com/GospelArenaGL).