SUNDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY
November 23, 2013
WERE MADE FOR FELLOWSHIP”
FOR GOD’S FAMILY)
QUESTION: Did you know you were made for relationship?
God’s second purpose for your life is
learning to love other people. (Fellowship)
“God is Love and He wants you to love
just as He does. So He has created a
laboratory on earth where we can practice learning how to love each other. That place is called the church and the task
of learning to love each other is called Fellowship.”
The Christian life involves more than
just believing. It involves
belonging. God wants you to be a part of
His family, a part of a church.
In this session we’ll look at how to
build the kinds of relationships that provides deep satisfying meaningful
fellowship with other people.
FELLOWSHIP: (Koinonia) – meaning being committed to each
other as we are to Jesus Christ.
How do I experience this?
SEE: I Timothy 3:14-15
How do I develop fellowship?
SEE: Romans 12:9-16
– FIVE BUILDING BLOCKS
first building block is Authenticity.
Real fellowship is genuine. It’s not fake or phony. People in real fellowship don’t wear mask.
“Love must be sincere.” (v9) Without hypocrisy.
SEE: I John 1:7-8
authentic. Be truthful.
“The world says we get close to each
other in the dark but in the dark we actually hide things. We don’t want people to see our faults or our
But in the light we bring them out into
the open. In fact, the more we get into
the light the more people can see our flaws – and that is called
It is in the light of God’s truth where
we don’t try to hide our faults that we experience genuine Koinonia
The quickest way to build authenticity
in our group is to study and apply God’s Word.
SEE: Hebrews 4:12
second building block is Courtesy.
“Be courteous to each other. “Be devoted to each other in brotherly love.
love – means a family relationship.
This means fellowship must be built on
courtesy. Showing respect to one
another. In fellowship we respect each
other even when we disagree with each other.
SEE: Titus 3:2
Every group has at least one EGR. Extra
third building block is Mutuality.
SEE: Romans 12:12
In fellowship we help each other in good
times and in bad.
SEE: Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
Fellowship is built on us all working
together; all pulling together.
SEE: Romans 12:10b
Someone in the fellowship that helps you
to continue cultivating your walk with God. i.e. prayer, study, sharing,
EXAMPLES: How’s your marriage?
How’s your job?
How’s your private time?
SEE: Hebrews 10:24
fourth building block is Hospitality.
“Practice Hospitality (v13)
SEE: Acts 2:46
…shared their meal.” They ate together.
Jesus often shared teachings with the
person or people when they were eating.
“When people are eating, they are relaxed. Their barriers are down. They are more authentic. They may be more responsive to sharing. To develop fellowship we need to hang out
fifth building block is Unity.
“Live in harmony one another. Don’t be proud but be willing to associate
with people of low position. Do not be
Two elements of unity first, there is
unity of purpose. Ten times in the first
five chapters of the Book of Acts it says “they were of one accord.”
This means they were of one heart; one
“One thing God will not overlook in a
church is disharmony or division. On the
other hand, when the church is unified there is enormous power.” Warren
SEE: I Corinthians 1:10
Humility is needed. Humility enables us to own up to our
mistakes. Humility enables us to ask for
help. Humility enables us to say “I was
wrong.” Or “will you forgive me.”
QUESTION: Why is humility so important?
SEE: James 4:6
“I want God’s grace in my
What is grace? It’s God’s power to change, to fulfill the
purposes God has for my life.
How do you practice humility in a
relationship with other people?
way is to accept the weakness of others.
humility by realizing I’ve got a lot of weaknesses in my own life.
Close in prayer for a better fellowship
in your church.