Beyond the Weekend

May 27 | The Family

May 27, 2021


The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ Luke 7:34

Read: Luke 7:34
Luke 7


Luke tells us the first Jesus-followers devoted themselves to fellowship (Acts 2:42). A word we don’t use very often—it means family, partnership, camaraderie and togetherness in a single word. One tangible way their fellowship gathered was to eat meals together. In the first century, eating a meal with someone carried a cultural significance. Showing acceptance or association, Jesus leveraged sharing meals to show how radically different his message was. It meant the people invited to your table were welcomed and a part of your life. The early Christian fellowships were counter-cultural, bringing together people from diverse backgrounds. The developed relationships were so meaningful they played a significant role in the growth of the church.

Ada Bible is one church with four campuses. Each campus has numerous fellowships—gatherings of people invested in each other’s lives. Some fellowships are small groups, but others are volunteer teams serving in ministries like children (Discovery Village), worship, hospitality and production. They are groups of people committed to each other and God. They help each other be students of God and grow to be more like Jesus. They are working to be each other’s family. Like they did in the early church, they are a place of connection, often turning strangers into family.


Take the next step to join a small group or serving team. New women’s small groups launch June 7 and are a great way to join a fellowship of women. If you’re interested in a different kind of small group, let us know here. To find out more about joining a serving team, fill out the form here.


Join us this year as we read through the New Testament.

Today’s reading is Acts 15.

Download a printable PDF of the BTW week here.

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