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Sermons, Fellowship and Growth

Minkir Dawaki

Minkir Dawaki

July 20, 2022

A couple of months back on the blog, we shared on 5 reasons why sermons are essential for spiritual growth. Among the reasons we expounded on was the importance of sermons in building communities through constant fellowship. Acts 2:42 provides us with more than just historical narrative but a timeless blueprint for community building. The early church stands as a testament to a community rooted in these practices, urging present-day believers to build upon this foundation. This article delves into the enduring connection between sermons and community, emphasizing how they serve as a contemporary channel for shared understanding, strengthened bonds, and collective spiritual nourishment — echoing the timeless essence of the early Church.

And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. – Acts 2:42

As we immerse ourselves in the narrative of Acts 2, the subsequent verses (44-46) unveil a compelling picture of the early Christian community. ‘All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 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.’

These verses provide a rich tapestry of communal living—a vibrant mosaic fueled by a spirit of generosity and genuine fellowship. The believers weren’t merely united by their adherence to sermons; they manifested their shared understanding through tangible acts of compassion and communal living.

This passage prompts reflection on the contemporary implications of such community-centric practices. How can the essence of Acts 2:44-46 be translated into our modern congregations? While selling possessions may not be the norm, the principles of mutual support, shared resources, and a heartfelt connection endure.

In a world often characterized by individualism, the communal practices outlined in Acts 2 offer a powerful vision. Sermons, in this context, emerge not only as conduits of spiritual wisdom but catalysts for a lived expression of fellowship. They inspire a generosity of spirit, prompting believers to share not only in the wisdom gained but also in the practical aspects of life.

Our exploration continues as we unpack these verses, seeking to bridge the gap between the early Christian community and the dynamics of our present-day congregations. How can sermons serve as a catalyst for tangible acts of generosity and community building, echoing the spirit of Acts 2 in our contemporary context? Over the next couple of weeks on the blog we’ll be unpacking lessons from Acts and the early church and see how we can apply them to our contemporary context.

P.S: As we’ve stepped into the new year it is important to make fellowship with other believers a priority in your life if you are a Christian. If you do not have a Church family, prayerfully ask God to order your steps to a place where you can worship and be a part of a community. We thank God for technology and online communities such as this, but physical fellowship is all so important.

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