One of the sweetest aspects of ministry in the local church is the fellowship of the saints. The early church both thrived and were greatly blessed by this fellowship. The fellowship they understood came from the concept of koinonia, which could be translated as “sharing in the common life.” This commonality included the sharing of property and money (Acts 2:44; 4:32; Rom 15:26-27). But it went beyond that. At its core, the church’s shared life began with a shared salvation (Jude 3) through a shared faith (Tit 1:4) resulting in a shared life with Christ (1 Cor 1:9).
The fellowship of the early church centered around the devotion “to the apostles’ teaching, to fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer” (Acts 2:42). This kind of fellowship was a gathering together for the spiritual purpose of listening to the teaching of the Word of God, sharing a common meal, and engaging in corporate prayer.
Anchorage Grace Church is committed to fostering true biblical fellowship as a key theological distinctive of the church. We strive to promote an overarching participation in the common salvation we all share. This includes times of gathering together for worship, the Lord’s supper, prayer, and preaching. It includes informal interactions around God’s Word—any event which specifically promotes a greater knowledge and application of the work of God in the world. And it also includes the church’s contribution both practically and financially to the needs of the saints.