Session 5 – Fellowship: Living in Community

FELLOWSHIP: LIVING IN COMMUNITY

 

Preparation

In preparation for this week’s D-Group:
Memorize and Meditate on Hebrews 10:24-25
 

Read/Watch:

 

What is a Christian Community and fellowship?

The word “community” is a compound word: “com” means with and “unity” means unity or being unified or having a common union. In short, God wants believers to have the same mind that is in Jesus Christ.  
A Christian community is not just gathering for a meal together or celebrating an occasion. It is the sharing of a common life in Christ. It moves us beyond the self-interested isolation of private lives and the superficial contacts of mere “Christian fellowship.”
 
The biblical idea of a life-transforming community challenges us instead to commit ourselves to live together as people of God.  Christian maturity often takes place not just in the individual realm with God but in a spirit-led Christian community where we hold each other accountable to be Christ-like.  
The end goal should impact our spiritual, emotional, intellectual, social, and financial health where Jesus is the changing catalyst of all.
 
 

Accountability (10 Minutes)

Each disciple to share one insight or lesson learned from his/her devotion in the last week.
If you could hang out with Jesus in any place in the world, where would you pick? Why?
 
 

Bible Discussion (20 Minutes)

1. Study Hebrews 10:24-25.  What are the vital lessons God is trying to impress upon us about community? Why are some so quick to give up “coming together?”
 
2. The Greek word “one another” is used at least a hundred times in ninety-four New Testament verses. Jesus mentioned at least 47 times in His teachings, and Paul wrote overwhelmingly on these “one another” commands.
Read The One Another Command. Share a few of these “one another” commands that the Holy Spirit impresses upon you to work on.  
 
3. The early church met regularly in small groups and homes for teaching, worship, prayer, and fellowship meals (Acts 2:44-46; Acts 12:12-17+). Why do you think this is so critical to their growth (this does not mean they forgo corporate worship and gatherings)?
 
 

Life Transformation (20 Minutes)

1. Do you allow others to hold you accountable for your spiritual growth and maturity in this D-group setting? Briefly describe how you feel about this biblical road to spiritual development.
 
2. Belonging and relationships among members established the platform for this mutual accountability in our Christian maturity. How can we help each other to be more Christ-like?
 
3. Why is it spiritually fatal for a Christian to attempt to live a life independent from the life of the church?
 
 

Intercessory Prayer (10 Minutes)

  1. To choose to live my Christian life in a life-changing community
  2. To consistently help “one another” in our spiritual endeavors
  3. To allow others to “correct” me when I have gone astray.
 
LEADERS’ TIP
  1. Share that any authentic Christian fellowship ought to be a bible-based church community anchored in Jesus where lives are changed.  In the church, members are to help and hold one another accountable for spiritual growth and development. Ask the group for “group permission”: if any member is slacking in his spiritual progress, any group member has the right to gently “check” and encourage the person back to the path of faith. Emphasize briefly that God exists in a community. The Trinity is a community.  Jesus had thousands following him, but he discipled only twelve, which is His small community. These disciples became the anchor of the Christian church.  
  2. Leaders should check whether members feel fearful and uneasy to even confess sins to one another (James 5:16). Hear them out and bring them back to the bible based on our learning. It’s important to differentiate what are opinions and perceptions versus what God is saying in His living Word as holy instructions for Christian living.  
  3. Watch this video as an inspiration in conclusion – Derek Redmond participated in the 1993 Olympic Games in Barcelona. He tore his hamstring in the 400-meter semi-final but continued the race limping and, with assistance from his father, managed to complete a full lap of the track as the crowd gave him a standing ovation. Similarly, the Christian community organized in smaller groups is to help one another, and together with God, we will finish the heavenly race. 
 
**Additional Resources
  1. Life Transforming Groups
     
  2. Your Small Group Should Be Making Disciples