by Stuart Briscoe

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NOTE: This sermon is part 3 and 4 of a 8 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Part 3: Is the Fellowship Being Developed?
Series: What To Look For In A Church
Stuart Briscoe
Acts 2:42-47

The Jerusalem church was made up of people from a variety of ethnic groups. But despite that, they came together and "devoted themselves to the fellowship." We need to understand what they meant by fellowship and how it applies to us.

I. The Meaning of "The Fellowship."

A. "Fellowship" = "koinonia" = To share with someone in something.
1. They shared a common salvation. Jude v. 3

2. They shared a common relationship. 1 Corinthians 1:9

3. They shared a common objective. Philippians 1:5

4. They shared in common worship. 1 Corinthians 10:14 17

B. "Fellowship": "koinonia" = To give someone a share in something.
1. A loving sharing of resources. vv. 44-45; 4:32

2. A voluntary generosity of spirit. See 5:4

C. "Together": "epi to auto" = v. 44; 1:15; 2:1 (e.g. meeting, assembly).

D. "One mind": "homothumadon" = the same passion. v. 46; 1:14; 2:1


Part 4: Is the Breaking of Bread Observed?
Series: What To Look For In A Church
Stuart Briscoe
Acts 2:42-47

Traditional Jewish meals began when the host took a loaf of bread, broke it, and gave thanks. Jesus invested this tradition with great significance at the Last Supper and told His disciples to break bread regularly in remembrance of Him.

I. The Background to the Breaking of Bread.

A. The traditional Jewish breaking of bread.

B. The Last Supper Christ shared with His disciples.
1. Its relationship to the Passover. Exodus 12:1 11; Luke 22:7f
a. The deliverance from bondage.

b. The selection of a lamb.

c. The application of the blood.

d. The partaking of the meal.

e. The significance for the church. 1 Corinthians 5:7-8

2. Its relationship to the “peace (or fellowship) offering.” Leviticus 7:11f
a. “An expression of thankfulness” after trauma or renewal.

b. An offering that was food for the Lord.

c. A provision for the priest.

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