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Speer Road Church

(United Reformed Church)

Thames Ditton

The Last Word

Last word – April 2020

Continuing the series on Holy Habits our next word in Acts 2:42-47 is Fellowship. What does that word mean to you? It is a word that is used a lot in church life, we often refer to the congregation as a fellowship, we speak about having fellowship after the service and sometimes churches have fellowship groups or a fellowship hall.

Probably the place we should go to, to explore Fellowship is the group of disciples around Jesus. In John 15:12-17 Jesus describes his disciples as his friends. These friends travelled with Jesus, shared meals with him, experienced his life day by day and it was their experience of him that drew them together, that created their fellowship with each other. It is the same for us, it is our common experience of Jesus that creates fellowship in the life of the church. People are loyal to the church, concerned for each other because of the relationship Jesus gives us.

Some of the deepest relationships between people are found in adversity or when people are on a joint mission together. Think of people who have shared their experience of wartime and the camaraderie they experience. Jesus and his disciples were on a mission, they were challenging the religious leaders of the day, bringing in the Kingdom of God. They saw Jesus pray and wanted to pray like him, they were called on to heal others and preach the good news. This common Mission gave a great sense of fellowship. Jesus told them that they should love each other, not consider themselves better than others, serve each other. In doing this they discovered a deep fellowship that would enable them to build the church. As we approach Easter may we remember the one who said that “The greatest love you can have for your friends is to give your life for them.” Our fellowship is built most of all in the experience of the cross and resurrection of Jesus, for it is our belief in a crucified and risen saviour that brings us together and his love that enables us to have fellowship with each other.

Peter



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