Fellowship

July 12, 2018

 

 

God designed the church to be a spiritual family – a community where love is given and received, and members contribute to the support and spiritual growth of one another. 

 

I experienced a byproduct of this during my son’s wedding this year.  We were blessed with help from members of our life group, other life groups and church members in setting up tables, preparing and serving food, cleaning up and many more.  Imagine if we had to do the work ourselves – what the workload would be.  Imagine if we had to hire people – what the cost would amount to. Think about how empty and disheartening it would feel if only a few people came to help or attended the event.  But praise be to God, in the end we were overwhelmed by the number of people who came to help and attend.  The help and support were not given because I am the senior pastor of this church.  I have seen the same level of help for other members of our church, over and over!

 

Why do our church members help one another? Because they are committed members of our church’s community! Better still, they are deeply committed members of a life group. They pour their lives into the lives of others by selflessly giving their time, energy, and love. By doing this, they have made an impact in the lives of others.  When they are in a time of need, the support is reciprocated.  Each person working and running the race together. 

 

"Why do our church members help one another? Because they are committed members of our church’s community!"

 

God created us to live in fellowship with one another.  He wired us with the capacity to love and the need to be loved. Because of this, God created us to live our lives in the contexts of marriage, family, friends, and social communities.  I call these “fellowship contexts.” Within these contexts, we connect and have fellowship with one another where we give and receive love. It is within these contexts of giving and receiving love that life has meaning and purpose. Do you realize when your relationship in your fellowship contexts go south, life becomes painful and miserable? In fact, some people would rather not go on living without the love, care, and support of these people.

 

"God created us to live in fellowship with one another."

 

At St. Paul Hmong Alliance Church (SPHAC), we operate in life groups.  A life group is a small group of people (typically 6-12 people) who do life together.  In this, relationships are built/strengthened, and care and support are genuinely provided for one another through all the seasons of life.  

 

The Bible describes the first church’s life groups this way:  They “…gave to anyone who had need . . . met together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved” (Acts 2:45-47, NIV). It depicts a group of people who are enjoying and making the most of life, together! This is our vision of fellowship in our life groups at SPHAC.

 

"They '…gave to anyone who had need . . . met together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved' " (Acts 2:45-47, NIV).

 

God did not create us to live alone; He created us to live in fellowship with one another.  If you want to make an impact and be a part of a community of people who care for one another then being in a life group is the place for you. Come and discover the power of fellowship in our life groups at SPHAC!

 

(Written by Rev. Chong Lee Yang (Kx. Ntxoov Lis Yaj)

 

 

 

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