Today we continue with part-2, on the power and the purity of the early church.“The disciples remained steadfast in ... fellowship.”
In Greek the word is “koinonia” and refers to relational communion. It suggests living in community in agape love; a caring and participation in each others lives.
Why is this important? Because it was Jesus that founded and died for the church! Jesus designed it:
Many of us have been hurt or have “grown weary in well doing.” Maybe we’ve lost interest in becoming vulnerable, taking relational risks with others, or even in investing in others lives.
Few have probably experienced this as greatly as those in ministry --- those who are the targets of unrealistic, unmet expectations or who have been misunderstood, misrepresented and even mistreated. But where would the church be if all those in ministry were to simply drop out? The same applies to each and everyone reading this! The Body of Christ needs your spiritual gifts operating properly and fully within the design of the church.
Maybe this is why we need a fresh move of the Holy Spirit --- a fresh empowerment of agape love --- and of forgiveness.
But it also requires wisdom and discernment because the church attracts those who simply aren’t trustworthy: deceivers, wolves and false brethren looking to take advantage of us all.
That’s part of the reason that the church lacks purity and power today, because those responsible for caring for God’s sheep fail to protect them. It’s why in the Book of Acts we’ll see the Holy Spirit and the Apostles having to clean house, even in the early church. It’s why Paul wrote church and pastoral epistles, outlining church correction and discipline. Sadly, as Dr. James MacDonald relates through personal experience, “It seldom goes well.” I can personally testify to that.
Pop Quiz! Are we “remaining steadfast … in genuine biblical fellowship?”
Bottom line. What dies it reveal about our own hearts when we could care less for the only organism that Jesus birthed and died for? Maybe it's time to come in out of the cold.
God is sovereign, life is short, and sin and neglect have consequences!
Pastor Bob Morgan is the founding pastor of HCCF. His pastor's "heart-cry" is to see God glorified through the liberating power of the Gospel by leading people to freedom in Christ, and positive, biblical life-change.