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"...if anyone makes the assistance of grace depend on the humility or obedience of man and does not agree that it is a gift of grace itself that we are obedient and humble, he contradicts the Apostle who says, "What have you that you did not receive?" (1 Cor. 4:7), and, "But by the grace of God I am what I am" (1 Cor. 15:10). (Council of Orange: Canon 6)

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    Fellowship Ideas

    You're bored. Looking for something to do with your friends this summer to revitalize fellowship? What should you do?

    1. Begin a reading group. The Lord uses books to stir our affections toward Him and one another and may even turn lives around. Consider getting together with a few friends and starting a men's group/women's group where small, but enriching books can be read out loud and and discussed as you are reading. Pick out a classic Christ-honoring book and provide plenty of coffee and baked goods. Then meet every week to discuss the book as you read through it together. We have been doing this for a few years now every Wednesday morning and have found it to stir better fellowship around God's word and has provided a venue where we can learn from those who went before us and one another. While we read we simply break in when the words stir us to greater reflection. Enjoy the time together and observe how people grow as a result. Some of the best books we have read together included The Crook in the Lot by Thomas Boston, The Fear of God by John Bunyan or Enemy Within by Kris Lundgaard. Or watch a DVD together like Amazing Grace: The History & Theology of Calvinism. Have each person buy their own book, but designate one person to order the books for the group.

    2. Eat together. And having lived in China for many years I can tell you that nothing brings together people like tasty food. Have some fun by exploring some exotic cuisine in your city. Find the best rated places in a local paper or online and give it a try. Eat some foods you have never tried before with your group. Some may not be able to to this every week, so perhaps try to do it once a month. Or once a month have each of your friends bring over a dish so that each persons'cooking burden will be minimal. Eat whatever people bring.

    Posted by John on June 3, 2008 04:42 PM

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    At our church we have been practicing your second suggestion for half a year now. We call it "Dinner for eight" or D48. We decided our dinners would be in small groups of 8, 4 couples or 3 couples and 2 singles, or something like that.

    We did not anticipate the response. We started with two groups and quickly grew to six. Ours is a relatively small church, average attendance of 68. With 48 people involved in the D48 groups, if you take out the youth and children, most of our adults are involved.

    Each group meets once a month for dinner and fellowship. Every 4 months we reshuffle and put people together in different groups. It has proved to be a great way to build relationships and unity in our body.

    I encourage others to try something like this at your church.

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