Two elderly ladies had been friends for many decades. Over the years, they had shared all kinds of activities and adventures. Lately, their activities had been limited to meeting a few times a week to play cards. One day, they were playing cards when one looked at the other and said, "Now don't get mad at me. I know we've been friends for a long time, but I just can't think of your name! I've thought and thought, but I can't remember it. Please tell me what your name is."
Her friend glared at her. For at least three minutes she just stared and glared at her. Finally, she said, "How soon do you need to know?"
“They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” Acts 2:42
If we follow the example of the early church, we should be as committed to Bible study, fellowship and prayer. Baptists might interpret this to mean double down on the fellowship because the Scripture uses the word “fellowship” and it refers to eating together. However, the word interpreted “fellowship” is koinonia, which means to be a partner and to share a common interest - like unity. So, the early church was working at unity. We wish it would occur naturally, but the truth is we must work at it, by sharing a meal, a ministry, or prayer time is a great way to pull together in unity.
Thank you again to everyone that helped with Vacation Bible School! This is a church-wide undertaking. Some people have helped with VBS in the past and it was too much then! What we try to do is get as many people as possible to participate and then the burden is much lighter. We build in times of fellowship and food to bring our body closer together and boy does it pay off! We laugh together, we meet new friends, we reconnect with old friends, we focus on Scripture, fellowship and a little fun thrown in. SO yes, thanks for serving, but boy, does the Lord give back!