If You Do Not Grow, You Will Fossilize, Pt. 2

(Part 2 of 2)

Acts 2:42… Christians grow because of fellowship… The Holy Spirit established this truth in the New Testament church. The word “fellowship” means “participation, sharing, communion.” After connecting to Jesus at our new birth, the Holy Spirit connects us with other believers. Living an unattached Christian life is not the will of the Holy Spirit. Fellowship prevents loneliness and coldness (note Romans 12:5, Matthew 24:10-12). The apostles taught relationship, family, home, and assembling together in a public place. In the New Testament, the words “one another” are used approximately 100 times. Paul uses it about 40 times.

Verse 42… Christians grow because of Communion… The “bread and the cup” are part of spiritual growth. We call it “Communion,” the Lord’s Supper. Paul in 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 tells us we are to remember the Lord’s Supper, which is connected to the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Paul exhorts believers to be obedient (Philippians 2:12-14). Communion is a foundational truth laid down by the Lord Jesus Christ in Matthew 26:26-28. Communion links us together with Christ and with one another. Growth comes with communion and fellowship (1 Corinthians 10:16-17).

Verse 42… Christians grow by prayer… The Holy Spirit knows the value of prayer (Romans 8:26-27). Jesus knew the value of prayer (Luke 11:1-13, John 17, and Luke 9:29). The apostles knew the value of prayer (Acts 6:4). Prayer, on the day of Pentecost, became for them a way of life. The 120 stayed in the upper room for ten days, praying for the promise of the Father. Prayer increases your anointing and brings the presence of God into your life. With God, there is wisdom, knowledge, encouragement, and hope.

Verses 43-45… Christians grow by experiencing miracles and by being a blessing to others… Practical ministry is a mission given by the Spirit. Meeting the needs of others prevents selfishness. Miracles are absent from many churches; people need miracles today. Paul calls it doing “the work of the ministry” in Ephesians 4:11-16. Jesus talked about this very thing in Matthew 25:34-40. Many people are sent into outer darkness for what they should have done and didn’t. The Holy Spirit teaches believers to be “doers” and not just “hearers” (James 1:22-23, 2:14-26). Helping people brings spiritual growth. Jesus said in John 13:15 that he had given people an example and that they should do as he did.

Verse 46… Christians grow by assembling together in the house of the Lord. Note also Hebrews 10:25. The Holy Spirit structured the church around assembling together so that they would help each other to grow and mature in faith.

Verse 47… Christians grow by giving God praise and thanks… Worship is a key part of the church. Genuine worship attracts people to the church. Why? Because God inhabits the praises of His people and where God is things happen, personal needs are met.

I read some time ago that a man went on a short missionary trip and met a group of Christians who had dropped out of church because it did not meet the standards of Acts 2:42-47. They called themselves Christianos Descolgados. Descolgado refers to a telephone ringing “off the hook,” or a picture that has become unhooked from the wall. They were unhooked Christians, unattached. There are millions of people like this, unhooked because many churches are without the presence of God. These churches have become fossilized and Christians no longer find the life-sustaining Presence they need.

Pastor George Belobaba

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