When you think of the word “fellowship,” what comes to mind? Do you think of church events, or do you think of relationship with one another? Fellowship is about sincere relationship with one another. Fellowship is not about church picnics, potlucks, or conducting small talk in the “fellowship hall” before and after church while snacking on some doughnuts and sipping on orange juice. These can be used for fellowship, but it goes far beyond that. Fellowship is about real people—real Christians—meeting each other’s real needs and coming together to fulfill the Church mission. The key passage to understanding Christian fellowship, I believe, comes from Acts 2:42-47:
And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And we came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.