Bible Devotions

Discipleship and Fellowship

on November 9, 2007

 

Do you know what discipleship is?  A disciple is someone who follows Christ.  A disciple is what we call a believer. Discipleship is helping believers follow Christ and grow their relationship with the Lord.  It goes hand in hand with fellowship.  Let’s look a couple verse that depict discipleship and fellowship. 

 Acts 14:21-23 NKJV: “And when they had preached the gospel to that city and made many disciples, they returned to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch, strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying, “We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God.” So when they had appointed elders in every church, and prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord in whom they had believed.” 

Paul and Barnabas spent time in Lystra preaching the gospel and making many disciples.  Notice what they did:

(1)   They strengthen souls of the disciples.

(2)   They exhorted them to continue in faith.

(3)   They reminded them we will always have tribulations.

(4)   They prayed for the believers.

 

How do you strengthen someone’s soul?  You come along side them.  You share with them the wonderful works God has done that you’ve been privileged to participate in. How do you exhort someone to continue in faith?  Again you come along side of them, reminding them of God’s promise found in God’s Word.  Meeting together to read, study and apply God’s Word is how we develop our faith, instill God’s values and live a life witnessing God’s mercy and grace. 

 Acts 2:42 NKJV: “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.” 

The early church is our model.  In Acts 2, we see what they did when they meet together.  Similar to what we saw in Acts 14.  The continued steadfastly meaning they came together regularly.  They took initiative to stay connected.  They were dedicated to one another.  When they meet they had common goals. 

(1)   They studied God’s Word (apostle’s doctrine).

(2)   They shared God’s work in each other’s life (fellowship).

(3)   The shared communion together (breaking of bread).

(4)   The prayed together. 

 

This is what we do in small groups.  We come together to read God’s Word and pray for each other.  As we do, we strengthen each other’s faith.  Our small group acts like a safety net.  Each believer walks the tight rope of righteousness, should their feet slip, our group supports and encourages the believer and helps him/her regain their spiritual balance. 

 

Are you in a small group yet?  If not, ask God to lead you to one.  Do you’re part to join one.  Your faith will grow as you experience fellowship in the Lord.

 

Lord thank you for your word and small groups of believers to help us stay focused on you.  In Jesus’ name Amen.  

© Elizabeth Marks, author of ThinkOnIt Devotions and has a heart for encouraging others with God’s Word.  For more devotions, bible studies and a recommended book store, visit http://www.ThinkOnItDevotions.com today.

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