And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.
God doesn’t want us to live life on our own, but together
Loneliness and distress seem to go hand in hand
I. QUESTION: Why do we isolate ourselves from other Christians?
I Don’t Want To Be Hurt…Again.
The Devil will use this against you and make you think it’s okay to respond by isolating yourself
Fear kills relationships and destroys community and breads isolation
I Don’t Have Time.
Improper priorities kills relationships and destroys community and breads isolation
I Don’t Want To Be Judged.
Think about it – the fear of being judged is just that… fear.
I Compare Myself To Others, And Don’t Match Up.
One of the greatest causes of isolation is envy
Comparing ourselves to others kills relationships and destroys community and breads isolation
I Am Lazy
Lazy people rarely develop deep relationships with others because they don’t have the ambition or drive to get involved in the lives of others
I Am Greedy And Selfish
Selfishness kills relationships and destroys community and breads isolation
II. 5 BENEFITS OF TRUE GODLY FELLOWSHIP