“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer” – Acts 2:42 (NIV)
I love reading about the early church in the book of Acts. Early Christians saw the need to meet together for mutual encouragement as they grew deeper in their faith. When they met they encouraged each other with four things: teaching, community, food and prayer. Likewise we at Berwick Anglican Church strive to encourage each other in the same ways.
With teaching we gather under God’s Word to build up one another in the faith of the Lord Jesus. We encourage each other to keep our relationships with Jesus strong and healthy. We interact with the Word of God and let the Scriptures convict, instruct and train our hearts.
Fellowship and food (community):
With fellowship we acknowledge that Christ’s family is one body with many parts. We see each others needs and grow strong under Christ. It’s safe to say then that food and fellowship go hand in hand. With food we grow the quality of our relationships in our groups. Sharing a meal signifies that we have a friendship and desire to continue growing together.
With prayer we take our praise and prayer points, encouragements, stresses, ups, downs, highs, lows, excitements, worries and cares to God. We do this together which encourages us that we are not alone in our walk with Jesus.
Are you involved in a growth group in our church? I urge you to join a growth group and find out for yourself how much of an encouragement this ministry is in your personal growth in Christ.