Day 3: Authentic Community
And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And all who believed were together and had all things in common.
~Acts 2:42, 44
The word “fellowship” describes something far more impactful – and far more costly – than two (or three or ten) Christians getting together for coffee. It describes the intentional sharing of life together: shared experiences, emotions, and resources. Authentic community is only possible when you choose to practice your spirituality (worship, prayer, mission) with others.
- What does fellowship mean to you? How are the words “fellowship” and “community” related in your mind?
- What are some ways other church members can count on you to share your life with them?
- What risks are you willing to take, what costs are you willing to bear, in order to make yourself available for community?
Lord Jesus, I confess that you died and rose again not just to bring me into relationship with you but also to bring me into your family. So my spiritual life is dis-integrated when I avoid real fellowship. Give me the grace to share with others all that you have so graciously shared with me. And may I find hope, friendship, and encouragement in my community of faith. For Christ’s sake, Amen.