Living fellowship with God and one another
BIBLE READING: Acts 2:42-47 â€“ The story of the primitive church (English and French)
They devoted themselves to the apostlesâ€™ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.Â Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles.Â All the believers were together and had everything in common.Â They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.Â Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts.Â 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.
DÃ¨s lors, ils s’attachaient Ã Ã©couter assidÃ»ment l’enseignement des apÃ´tres, Ã vivre en communion les uns avec les autres, Ã rompre le pain et Ã prier ensemble. Â Tout le monde Ã©tait trÃ¨s impressionnÃ©, car les apÃ´tres accomplissaient beaucoup de prodiges et de signes miraculeux.Â Tous les croyants vivaient unis entre eux et partageaient tout ce qu’ils possÃ©daient.Â Â Ils vendaient leurs propriÃ©tÃ©s et leurs biens et rÃ©partissaient l’argent entre tous, selon les besoins de chacun.Â Tous les jours, d’un commun accord, ils se retrouvaient dans la cour du Temple; ils rompaient le pain dans les maisons, et prenaient leurs repas dans la joie, avec simplicitÃ© de cÅ“ur. Â Ils louaient Dieu, et le peuple tout entier leur Ã©tait favorable.Â Le Seigneur ajoutait chaque jour Ã leur communautÃ© ceux qu’il sauvait.
O God, give us an understanding and a passionate desire for a daily walk of communion with you and with one another.
2 PICTURES â€“ 3 LESSONS â€¦
Luke 24:13-35 â€“ â€œEnroute to Emmausâ€
Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem.Â They were talking with each other about everything that had happened.Â As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; but they were kept from recognizing him.Â He asked them, â€œWhat are you discussing together as you walk along?â€Â They stood still, their faces downcast.Â One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, â€œAre you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?â€Â â€œWhat things?â€ he asked.Â â€œAbout Jesus of Nazareth,â€ they replied.Â â€œHe was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people.Â The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place.Â In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning but didnâ€™t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive.Â Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.â€Â He said to them, â€œHow foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken!Â Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?â€Â And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.Â As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if he were going farther.Â But they urged him strongly, â€œStay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.â€ So he went in to stay with them.Â When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them.Â Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight.Â They asked each other, They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together and saying, â€œIt is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.â€Â Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was made known to them in the breaking of the bread.
PICTURE of PERSONAL DAILY COMMUNION WITH GOD
â€¦ Through His Word, His Spirit and conversational prayer.
â€œWere not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?â€
Does this picture of communion and fellowship recommend to you what it does to me?
+ Times of private devotion and conversation with God.
– interaction of Godâ€™s Word / Spirit of Jesus / Our responses = CONVERSATION = COMMUNION!
It is in our life of communion with God that we begin to truly mature as Disciples of Jesus.
â€œâ€¦ that they might be with himÂ â€¦â€ (Mark 3:14)
It is in our life of communion with God that Godâ€™s Story and Our Story begin to merge and become ONE Story.
â€œâ€¦ I pray that they may be ONE even as we are oneâ€ (John 17:11, 20-23)
+ Times of conversation with God in the midst of our active public life.
Thatâ€™s Personal Communion with God through Jesus the Christ/Messiah!
– From a life of wandering in the dark to â€¦
â€¦ Stopping and meditating in the light â€¦ in private personal quietness!
â€¦ Then walking in the light â€¦ out in the public concourse of life!
Turn to a 2ND PICTURE â€“ painted this time by John â€¦ in written words â€¦
COMMUNION WITH GOD IN COMMUNITY WITH OTHERS
1 John 1:1-4
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touchedâ€”this we proclaim concerning the Word of life.Â The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us.Â We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship/communion (koinonia) with us.Â And our fellowship/communion is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.Â We write this to make our joy complete.
John is describing â€¦
Communion with God in community with others.
? Can we also can experience the full reality of Communion with God and also with One Another?
(1 John 3:19-24)
Know in our minds and hearts by faith in the name of Godâ€™s Son Jesus Christ
Know by the Spirit God gave us
Know by keeping Godâ€™s command to love one another and living in communal relationship with others who walk with God
Encouragement of participation in Community Life Groups (Acts 2:42-47) â€“ picture of life in the primitive church.
â€¦ Groups that are â€¦
Both Christ-centered and Communal
Disciple-making â€¦ both Life-changing and Missional
Beyond â€œGod with meâ€ to â€œEmmanuel – God with Usâ€!
COMMUNION OF THE LORDâ€™S SUPPER AS A WHOLE-CHURCH CONGREGATION
Back to the road to Emmaus picture of communion â€¦
Jesus was made known to THEM in the breaking of the bread.
This picture speaks to our Communion of the Lordâ€™s Supper as a whole-church congregation!
â€¦Â With The Lordâ€™s Supper as the center-piece!
ïƒ Worship gatherings of BOTH!
(Painting by Caravaggio â€“ â€œThe Disciples of Emmausâ€)
+ There is a distinct â€œtogethernessâ€ in the picture â€¦ leaning in together to hear and experience the presence of Jesus!
+ Something else â€“ not always just the â€œwalkers with Godâ€ present during the Lordâ€™s Supper, but the â€œwanderersâ€ also!Â â€¦ Owner of the inn and meal server were also there â€¦
Meal server focused on serving one the disciples with tray in hand but with a curious listening look.
â€¦ Owner intent on looking at Jesus and listening!
– A reminder of Paulâ€™s words â€“ We proclaim his death until he comes!
– He knew others would be present.
– The meaning of this meal is important for them as well!
– Picture also reminder to us all: Donâ€™t be distracted by the logistics and mechanics of the Communion meal
â€¦ Lean in together!
â€¦ Keep your eyes on Jesus, the Messiah!
THE DISCIPLEâ€™S LIFE OF COMMUNION
Living fellowship with God and one another
Hearts aflame – kindled by conversation with Jesus!
Fulness of Joy – times of loving and caring fellowship with one another!
Magnificient reality of God the Father and his Son Jesus clearly revealing himself to us – in the breaking of the bread!