As part of his Basic.series of films, Francis Chan tackles the topic of fellowship in his Basic.Fellowship short. After watching the quick fifteen minute video, I was left with the following question:
- Beyond potlucks, going to out to eat in large groups, and having large get-togethers that leave homes in shambles, what does fellowship look like for the modern Christian?
To answer my question, I immediately thought of where Acts 2 talks about what fellowship looked like for Biblical Christians:
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. – Acts 2: 42-47 (NIV)
Notice that they simply got together and took care of one another as one body of believers. Those that needed help were helped; those that gave did so with sincerity. So again, what does fellowship look like for us?
Fellowship looks like:
- Calling a brother in Christ during the week, randomly, and seeing how they are doing
- Meeting up for lunch, sharing life together
- Playing a game of softball with some of the guys from church
- Serving at the local rescue mission
- Passing on clothes that are no longer needed (like kids clothing)
- Making the most of every opportunity to grow closer together in Christ (our glue)