So yesterday at church, the sermon (and the discussions we were having afterwards were revolving around evangelism. And so at some point while I was in church, I began to ask myself: how did people in the Bible go about this (evangelism)? And as I thought through it, this verse came to mind:
“The Fellowship of the Believers”
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common.
They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet 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 2:42-47
The home group/life group/cell group was where the action was. Here’s what was happening in those groups:
- Devotion to the apostles’ teaching
- Devotion to fellowship
- Devotion to the breaking of bread
- Devotion to prayer
- They were together & had everything in common. They sold property & possessions to give to anyone who had need.
- They met daily in the temple courts.
And as I read through this, here’s the verse of Scripture that came to mind:
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
~ John 13:34-35
What I deduced from these 2 passages was that one of the things that must have drawn the unbelievers to these groups was the love they had for one another.
Many today are looking for community, a place to belong. It must have been quite attractive back then for someone to see a group of people that met frequently, gave of themselves to ensure no one lacked, & enjoyed great fellowship together. That in itself would draw someone to at least sit in for one or two of the meetings. And my assumption is that during those meetings, as the Word of God was being shared, these individuals would hear the Gospel, believe in Jesus, & have a community of believers to walk with them, to disciple them as they got to know Christ more.
My takeout: a thriving small group is one of the greatest, if not the greatest, evangelism tools we have today.
“And the Lord added to their number daily, those that were being saved.”
~ Acts 2:47
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