“We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.”
– 1 John 1:3
Using the model of the first Churches that are described in the Acts of the Apostles, we focus not just on spiritual growth through the Word, but also on growth through sharing fellowship with others. As Christians are the ones who form the body of Christ, unity within the body is important. When we unite with our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, we can truly grow together and be the strength and support for each other. God has not intended for us to walk our paths alone, but to share in the love that He has so abundantly poured into our hearts.
Through the breaking of bread, we can truly experience the heart of Christ who gave His love selflessly to us. He came and died for us on the cross so that we would be able to gain eternal life. Christ set for us an example to follow, as seen when He washed the feet of His disciples. And upon doing so, He stated, “For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you” (John 13:15).
Love is something that is heavily emphasized in the teachings of Christ. Love is so important that Apostle Paul proclaimed that, “If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing” (1 Cor 13:2). And even Apostle John wrote that, “The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love” (1 John 4:8). Not to mention that Christ Himself said, “‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’ This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’ On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets” (Matthew 22:37-40). And so seeing Christ’s love for us, we teach others to live as Christ.