April 14, 2013

Fellowship with God and Men (6): Fellowship with Small Groups

By Rev. Jeremiah Cheung

The Church is a family. We fellowship with one another, but because of the ever-increasing number, we need to join small groups to have a real fellowship life. During the Lord Jesus’ ministry on earth, thousands followed him. However, he chose 12 Apostles to live together with him. They were a small group.

The core value of fellowship with small group is ‘sharing’. Acts 4:36 to 5:11 record two stories: the first is the story of Barnabas, the second is the story of a couple named Ananias and Sapphira. They sold everything they owned and gave the money from the sale to the Church, and they shared it with the brethren; however, one was true giving and the other false. Lt us learn from these examples the difference between true and false sharing.

1. Praise vs Flattery

2. Generous vs Greedy Sharing

3. Sharing to Give vs Sharing to Test God

4. True Sharing vs False Sharing