Words from the Heart for Sunday August 21st, 2016
Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
Acts 2:46-47 (NIV)
The Call to Fellowship
Christianity is not something that we do alone. We need others. Our love for God and each another is part of a compelling witness to a watching world. Gather with other believers with a glad and sincere heart as you praise God. Consider whom you might invite to join you!
The Royal Society of Canada was founded by an Act of Parliament in 1883 as Canada’s national academy of arts, humanities and sciences. It currently has 2000 fellows who are distinguished scholars, artists and scientists. Membership is by election of their peers as the best in their fields. The fellowship of the RSC comprises distinguished men and women from all branches of learning who have made remarkable contributions in the arts, the humanities and the sciences, as well as in Canadian public life. The founding cohort of Fellows included Sir Sandford Fleming, the originator of the world system of Standard Time, and Sir William Osler, one of the greatest physicians of his day. Over 3,700 scholars and artists have been inducted into the fellowship over the past hundred and thirty years.
One of the strengths of the Christian faith is the fellowship we enjoy with other believers. I have the privilege to travel around the world meeting Christians and no matter what the culture, Christians enjoy being with one another. The Greek word for fellowship is koinonia and it means meeting together with a purpose. And that purpose is seen clearly in Acts 2:46-47: “Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” While the word fellowship isn’t mentioned here, this is true koinonia. They shared everything that they had so that nobody lacked. Mark Lowery once said that when he was little, the kids in his class were asked to bring in a symbol of their religion. He said “I’m a Baptist. I brought a casserole.” In the earliest days the church met together to eat. But notice the important thing here: they used their times of fellowship as a means to share with those not yet followers of Christ and the result was that the Lord used their hospitality and generosity to draw people to Himself. Is this a part of the Christian fellowship that you are a part of? If not, why not consider inviting others to join you. It can be a way to draw them to Jesus.
These have been words from the heart.