Have you ever been let down by fellow Christians? Paul knew what that was like. In Acts 19, we read of Paul in Ephesus (which was in Asia). In vs. 10, we read “all the Jews and Gentiles who lived in the province of Asia heard the word of the Lord” (through Paul’s preaching). In vs. 20, Luke says “the word of the Lord spread widely and grew in power.”
Now look at what Paul wrote a few years later to Timothy (the minister in Ephesus), in 2 Timothy 1:15 “You know that everyone in the province of Asia has deserted me…” He named a couple of men. Later in the letter (4:14) he said a guy by the name of Alexander “did me a great deal of harm.” In vs. 16 he said, “At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me.”
Paul did comment in chapter 1 how a man by the name of Onesiphorus had “refreshed” him. He commented that Mark was helpful to him in ministry. He was reaching out to Timothy to come and visit him. Paul didn’t give up on community just because he had been disappointed a few times.
Christianity is meant to be lived out with other Christians. If Paul needed Christian fellowship, we do, too.
This Sunday (March 30th) we will be talking about BEING THE CHURCH in “A Loving Community”. After the service we will have a finger-food/sandwich luncheon in the gathering area for any of you who may be missing out on the value of small group fellowship. Plan to stick around and find out how you can get plugged in as we learn how we can be spurred on and how we can spur others on in Christ.