Looking back at your notes from this week’s lesson, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged or confused you?
Getting to Know You
1. Some of our best memories are with childhood friends and/or siblings. What is one particular memory that sticks with you?
2. It is true that fellowship is an adventure! We are truly better together. None the less, we can know this, and still we often stick to ourselves. Can you think of some reasons we do this?
1. Luke gave us a working definition for fellowship this Sunday. Fellowship is sharing in a common share. That just means we all have a share in the church and we each contribute to it’s well-being. What can the following passages teach us about biblical fellowship?
1 John 1:2-4 (NIV)
2 This one who is life itself was revealed to us, and we have seen him. And now we testify and proclaim to you that he is the one who is eternal life. He was with the Father, and then he was revealed to us. 3 We proclaim to you what we ourselves have actually seen and heard so that you may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. 4 We are writing these things so that you may fully share our joy.
Hebrews 3:12-14 (NCV)
12 So brothers and sisters, be careful that none of you has an evil, unbelieving heart that will turn you away from the living God. 13 But encourage each other every day while it is “today.” Help each other so none of you will become hardened because sin has tricked you. 14 We all share in Christ if we keep till the end the sure faith we had in the beginning.
Can you think of a specific time someone “proclaimed” (1 John 1:3) a word of encouragement (Hebrews 3:13) that helped you draw closer in fellowship? Please share.
What can we do to share with others in order to build their faith?
2. The fellowship of the disciples is such a gift that we really should spare no expense in keeping it together. It should consume our passions and our willpower. The apostle John records one of Jesus’s prayers where Jesus specifically prayed for us to be unified in fellowship. Please read this prayer and look for the passion and the power in Jesus’s words.
John 17:20-24 (NLT)
20 “I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. 21 I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.
22 “I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. 23 I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me. 24 Father, I want these whom you have given me to be with me where I am. Then they can see all the glory you gave me because you loved me even before the world began!
What insights did you gain from this passage?
Jesus said that the unity of believers gives the world evidence that God truly loves us and truly sent His Son to save us. Can you think of a person now or previously that you felt deeply united to? How did that unity point to God’s love for you?
Bringing it Home
As you look at your involvement in church, is there anything you need to do to be more perfectly united in fellowship?
Looking back at this week’s study, what is the most important thing for you to remember?
Do you have any prayer requests? Please share.