The Song Lifestyle is a Lifestyle of Relationship
There’s a word used a lot in the church, and it’s the word fellowship. Fellowship is simply getting together with other like-minded people and sharing life.
Fellowship is not limited to just church. You are fellowshipping while at church, but you are also fellowshipping when you’re hanging out on a Friday night at a friend’s house, or at the bar with your boys, or at a Younique party with the girls getting made over. Going to the gym with your best friend is fellowship as is sitting around at home having a movie night with the neighbors. Fellowship is simply living relationally.
Song People don’t sequester themselves. Many falsely believe that in order to live a captivated life you have to be alone with God and shut the world out. The Song Lifestyle is a lifestyle of relationship. Song People gather. They gather a lot.
Acts chapter 2 shows this concept of gathering well.
“Their hearts were mutually linked to one another, sharing communion and coming together regularly for prayer. A deep sense of holy awe swept over everyone, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders (Acts 2:42 Passion).”
Song People are in community with other believers and their hearts are linked. That is to say that they are like-minded. They are able to sharpen one another by being in community with each other. Community is important. We’ve all heard that man is not an island. Well, Song People aren’t islands either. Song People gather.
Song People don’t only do church stuff together; however, it’s pretty difficult to not talk about what you’re obsessed about when you’re with your friends. The early church discovered this when it says, “A deep sense of holy awe swept over everyone…” Believers get together and talk about their lives and work and the kids, but eventually they are going to get around to their obsession: Jesus our Lover.
Song People are always interested in what God is saying to their friends and what God’s up to in others. Living in community with other believers is vital. This is often the avenue God will use to reveal something to you or help you work something out. So many people are crying out for God to help them, and all they need to do is go make some friends who love God. When you’re in community with other people you’re going to get up close and personal with them. You’re going to become vulnerable with them. This will allow God to use us in order to minister to each other. Paul encourages believers to speak to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs (Eph 5:19).
This is the beauty of our journey with Jesus. We have been co-crucified with Him and we are co-seated with Him! God partners with us in order to fulfill His desires for us. He brings us into the fold and lets us work with him! We are like relational apprentices with God.
Miracles and wonders will also happen in community, too. The apostles weren’t super Christians. They weren’t special humans. They were ordinary people. They were in community though, and they loved God. Perhaps it’s the comfort of being in community with friends and gathering continually with loved ones that opens up the miraculous. I don’t know. It’s a mystery. But it happened in Acts 2 and it can happen today as well.
Community, living relationally, gathering, all opens us up to ministry from friends who have a desire to work with God in order to make life better for others. This is exciting!
Song Lifestyle = Community Generosity
“All the believers were in fellowship as one body, and they shared with one another whatever they had. Out of generosity they even sold their assets to distribute the proceeds to those among them who were in need.”
When you’re in community, you are generous. Song People don’t count the cost when it comes to sharing with those they gather around. Song People, just like the early believers, are one body who give freely and generously.
I don’t want to pressure you to sell your house and start some commune. But when you’re in community with people and someone has a need, it’s the communities holy joy to offer assistance.
We have had many opportunities to help out friends in need. One time we had friends who couldn’t pay their electricity bill. Life had happened to them and they got way behind. There was no shame in it. God didn’t turn His eyes from the situation and forget them. He didn’t tell them to pull themselves up by their bootstraps and work harder. He put it on our communities heart to pull together and pull our friends, our community members, up and pay their bill. In only a few hours we had raised over $300 and had their bill paid in full. That’s living the Song Lifestyle.
Song People Gather Often
Community is more than shaking hands outside in sanctuary of the church or asking if someone’s blessed this week or not at the Wednesday Night Service. That’s okay, and valuable, but it’s not living in community.
“Daily they met together in the temple courts and in one another’s homes to celebrate communion. They shared meals together with joyful hearts and tender humility. They were continually filled with praises to God, enjoying the favor of all the people.”
Song People Gather more than just at church. There can be vibrant relationships built and maintained through regular church attendance. I’m not against going to church. I’m against the religious mindset many have about going to church. I had a man tell me once that they get all the community they need from going to church twice a week. I found that incredibly sad. That man was missing out on a whole new arena of love and satisfaction from gathering often in non-church settings and sharing life in a vulnerable way.
Gathering often helps you maintain a happy spirit! The Acts 2 people were “continually filled with praises to God” and I bet a fair wager that a lot of that had to do with being around others often. When you see your friends prosper, you enjoy their favor. When you’re sharing a meal together or going to a movie together and you get to talking about your latest revelation of Papa’s heart, you’re motivated to praise God.
Get out there and get into community with others. I recommend doing this both in and outside of church settings. We go to church on Saturday evenings at a house and then we have an informal gathering with friends on Tuesday nights called Taco Tuesday. Often we meet together throughout the week for more social time and celebration. I’ll tell you, we don’t always plan a “worship service” when we meet together but it’s all worship. And I don’t think we’ve ever had a party, friends over, or anything that hasn’t eventually turned around into talking about and praising Papa for something glorious He’s done.