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Relationship Building

Acts 2:42

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

Photo on 7-6-16 at 3.42 PMAt one time in my life I thought fellowship meals were a Methodist thing. It seemed like every time we got together – as a church family – we had food. We’d meet for an evening service – there was food. Between the services each Sunday – there was food. When folks would come over to our home or we would go over to someone’s home – there was food. Was it any doubt that most Methodist pastors were overweight? I even had an older lady tell me that I really hadn’t visited with her unless I had something to eat.

Fellowship gatherings are very important. Relationship building is key for a church or for anyone really. Food just seems to be an icebreaker of sorts. We all have to eat and gathering around a table together seems so relaxing for many. The main course at any event is the relationship building that takes place.

The early church understood the need to build relationships and that fellowship – even with food – was key. Here is today’s passage in partial context – a picture of the early church and their fellowship gatherings/relationship building events. Acts 2:42–47 – 42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 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, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

Although there seems to be food involved in many fellowship gatherings – the food is secondary. The main course is the fellowship – the relationship building. So whether it is Pizza Night – or an Ice Cream Social – or a Chili Cook-off – or a Covered Dish meal – or a Bowling Event (with food) – or whatever – the main course is the fellowship with other believers.

Plan now to attend as many of the fellowship activities your local church holds. It isn’t about the food – it is about the relationship building.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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July 28, 2016 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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