August 11, 2019

The Meaning of Fellowship

Preacher:
Series:
Passage: Luke 8:1-4,19-21, Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
Service Type:

Bible Text: Luke 8:1-4,19-21, Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 | Preacher: Andrew Love | Series: Luke’s Gospel | Introduction

It is good to be alone sometimes
It is essential for us to live in community

There is a danger to being alone too much
Prov 18:1
Examples
The danger of introspection and morbidity
Can think wrongly
Can become proud

Looking at communion and unity in love

Heb 10:25
The Bible encourages fellowship
1 Cor 12 – we are a body

We need one another

Some Christians can isolate themselves

Example of AW Pink

God values fellowship and so should we

Parable of the Sower

Didn’t look at 8:1-3
Verses about fellowship and women loved by Christ
8:19-21 speaks about fellowship

Those who love Jesus are His ‘relatives’
Those who love Jesus obey Him

Fellowship is about knowing Christ and doing His word

Overview:

Made for Fellowship
Meaning of Fellowship
Motivators for Fellowship

Made for Fellowship

Christ’s incarnation – essentially a solitary figure

Explanation … but,
He was a man of community
He was often about people
He chose to be with the 12 apostles

v1 – Christ was preaching the Kingdom of God
The apostles were with Him

The Creation Narrative

Book – When God is not enough
Adam had everything including God – but it was not good that he was alone
Before the fall – the centrality of communion, fellowship and unity
God saw that man needed one like him to care of and be cared for

The Trinity

Three distinct parts of the Godhead
Perfect community, fellowship, love and unity

We are made in God’s image

We are made to be in community
Isolation is selfish (though times of space is okay)

The fall:

Relationships were disturbed
Christ came into the world to restore our relationship with God
Then our relationships with one another can be restored

Fellowship

Paul – 2 Tim 4:6-13

v17-18
Paul knew what it was like to be abandoned, but the Lord always stuck with him
v21

How much do we value fellowship?
Do we see the need for fellowship?

First with God
Second with each other

Meaning of Fellowship (v19-21)

These verses initially look the opposite of fellowship

John 7:5 – His brothers did not believe
Mark 3:21 – His own people rejected Him

Jesus would not be controlled by His brothers or mother

His family had to be obedient to His agenda
Not a matter of Jesus not showing love to His family
Jesus was preaching to the people

Jesus’ true family are those who hear the gospel message, who repent of their sins, who cast themselves on Jesus and obey His word

Heart worship of Christ
Love for Him and His word
Fellowship with Christ leads to fellowship with one another
John 14:15

Explanation of true fellowship

The proof of fellowship is that you obey Jesus
v21,23

15:10

A Christian is someone who has been adopted into God’s family

A child of God
Luke 11:27-28

Such true fellowship with Joel – despite only spending a small amount of time with him

Unity – because Christ had entered their hearts
People ought to see God’s love in us

The Church is made up of individuals in fellowship

Family
Why do we come to Church?

Example of Lloyd Jones

Fellowship is those who love God’s word

Ecc 4:9-10 – Reading and Explanation
Example of house group

Costly

v2 – It was no small thing that the women did
Example of Dr Charles Woodrow
We can give a cup of cold water in Christ’s name

Motivators for Fellowship

The blessings of fellowship – to experience:

The power and presence of Christ
His sufferings
A deeper love for Christ and others
The favour and approval of Christ

v2-3 The women’s names are remembered

We don’t do things for a name or for people to remember us
Honour to Jesus Christ

Warnings to those who fail to love and care

Those who do not forgive and hate others – cannot know the love of God

A great proof of a Christian is that they love God’s people
Tangible love
Do we love being in Church?

Introduction

  • It is good to be alone sometimes
  • It is essential for us to live in community
    • There is a danger to being alone too much
    • Prov 18:1
    • Examples
    • The danger of introspection and morbidity
    • Can think wrongly
    • Can become proud
  • Looking at communion and unity in love
    • Heb 10:25
    • The Bible encourages fellowship
    • 1 Cor 12 - we are a body
      • We need one another
    • Some Christians can isolate themselves
      • Example of AW Pink
    • God values fellowship and so should we
  • Parable of the Sower
    • Didn't look at 8:1-3
    • Verses about fellowship and women loved by Christ
    • 8:19-21 speaks about fellowship
      • Those who love Jesus are His 'relatives'
      • Those who love Jesus obey Him
    • Fellowship is about knowing Christ and doing His word
  • Overview:
    • Made for Fellowship
    • Meaning of Fellowship
    • Motivators for Fellowship

Made for Fellowship

  • Christ's incarnation - essentially a solitary figure
    • Explanation ... but,
    • He was a man of community
    • He was often about people
    • He chose to be with the 12 apostles
      • v1 - Christ was preaching the Kingdom of God
      • The apostles were with Him
  • The Creation Narrative
    • Book - When God is not enough
    • Adam had everything including God - but it was not good that he was alone
    • Before the fall - the centrality of communion, fellowship and unity
    • God saw that man needed one like him to care of and be cared for
  • The Trinity
    • Three distinct parts of the Godhead
    • Perfect community, fellowship, love and unity
  • We are made in God's image
    • We are made to be in community
    • Isolation is selfish (though times of space is okay)
  • The fall:
    • Relationships were disturbed
    • Christ came into the world to restore our relationship with God
    • Then our relationships with one another can be restored
  • Fellowship
    • Paul - 2 Tim 4:6-13
      • v17-18
      • Paul knew what it was like to be abandoned, but the Lord always stuck with him
      • v21
  • How much do we value fellowship?
  • Do we see the need for fellowship?
    • First with God
    • Second with each other

Meaning of Fellowship (v19-21)

  • These verses initially look the opposite of fellowship
    • John 7:5 - His brothers did not believe
    • Mark 3:21 - His own people rejected Him
  • Jesus would not be controlled by His brothers or mother
    • His family had to be obedient to His agenda
    • Not a matter of Jesus not showing love to His family
    • Jesus was preaching to the people
  • Jesus' true family are those who hear the gospel message, who repent of their sins, who cast themselves on Jesus and obey His word
    • Heart worship of Christ
    • Love for Him and His word
    • Fellowship with Christ leads to fellowship with one another
    • John 14:15
      • Explanation of true fellowship
      • The proof of fellowship is that you obey Jesus
      • v21,23
      • 15:10
  • A Christian is someone who has been adopted into God's family
    • A child of God
    • Luke 11:27-28
    • Such true fellowship with Joel - despite only spending a small amount of time with him
      • Unity - because Christ had entered their hearts
      • People ought to see God's love in us
  • The Church is made up of individuals in fellowship
    • Family
    • Why do we come to Church?
      • Example of Lloyd Jones
      • Fellowship is those who love God's word
    • Ecc 4:9-10 - Reading and Explanation
    • Example of house group
  • Costly
    • v2 - It was no small thing that the women did
    • Example of Dr Charles Woodrow
    • We can give a cup of cold water in Christ's name

Motivators for Fellowship

  • The blessings of fellowship - to experience:
    • The power and presence of Christ
    • His sufferings
    • A deeper love for Christ and others
    • The favour and approval of Christ
      • v2-3 The women's names are remembered
      • We don't do things for a name or for people to remember us
      • Honour to Jesus Christ
  • Warnings to those who fail to love and care
    • Those who do not forgive and hate others - cannot know the love of God
      • A great proof of a Christian is that they love God's people
      • Tangible love
      • Do we love being in Church?