The past couple years, Forge has been developing what we call “Forge Fellowships.” These are small communities of people with five areas of focus. Read below to hear more about what Forge Fellowships are and what the students, who go through our equipping programs, engage in! After reading what Forge Fellowships are about, prayerfully see if God is leading you to start your own Fellowship with those in your life! For Fellowship activities you can do at home, click the link at the bottom of the page.
What is a Forge Fellowship?
Acts 2:42–47, 1 John 1:7
In Acts 2, the early church met together devoting themselves to the teaching God had given to spiritual pioneering leaders (apostles), to fellowship, to relationships based on the Gospel (breaking of bread), and to prayer. And “the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”
The people of God met together, but this was not simply a small group or gathering! This was a fulfillment of Matthew 28 when Jesus said, “as you are going, MAKE DISCIPLES of all people groups!” This was a LABORER-SHIP MOVEMENT! People were coming to Christ. Disciples were being made. They were on mission with God together!
Now it’s YOUR TURN! Laborers love God and love others in everyday ordinary places, and as they do, lives are impacted and the Kingdom advances.
You know God, the Forge, has set your heart on fire and that HE is transforming you as you are intimate with Him. You know God has called you to make a difference in your community and to live your life on purpose with Him in a way as unique as YOU! And, He has called you to do this together with others.
We are commissioning you to go forth as a Kingdom Laborer.
You have what it takes to spark Forge Fellowship …
So, what exactly is “fellowship”?
Fellowships are relationships that reflect God’s heart. True fellowship happens when you pledge your life to joint participation in God’s mission along with other believers who are continually submitted to being FORGED by Jesus Himself.
God’s heart can be seen in the relationship of the Trinity. The Father, Son, and Spirit are all submitted to one another and are one together in mission–the glory of God through intimacy with His people! The Trinity is ONE in fellowship with itself and as you join in Fellowship with the Trinity and with others, God’s Kingdom moves forward. Will you be one with God and with others; just as Jesus, the Father and the Spirit are one?
Elements of a Forge Fellowship
1. FORGE ME (Intimacy) Members of a Forge Fellowship are committed to allowing God to shape and mold them as they individually draw near to him in intimacy.
Matthew 22:37–38, 2 Corinthians 3:18, Acts 17:27–28
EVERYTHING begins with God. We must start with Him, and to do so we must get to KNOW Him! 1 Corinthians 8:3 hits the heart of intimately knowing God—”if anyone loves God, he is known by God.” As we love God we will realize that we are known by Him!
As we love God and get to know Him as we are known by Him, we will impact the world around us. We won’t be “trying hard” but it will flow out of our lives as God fills our cup. As we get up close to the all-consuming fire God, we will be forged and transformed by Him and others will take note of this transformation (Acts 4:13)!
So, how do we go about loving and knowing this Jesus who desires to be intimate with us? How can we go deeper with Him so that we will be transformed into more of His likeness?
2. FORGE US (Oneness) The members of a Forge Fellowship desire to communicate to theWorld that God loves them and that He sent Jesus by living in oneness with each other.
John 17:20–23, Proverbs 27:17, 1 John 1:7
A Forge Fellowship is a place to grow in your intimacy with God together and learn how to share that intimacy with the world around you. Intimacy is about knowing the heart of Jesus and truly being in relationship with Him.
Your Forge Fellowship should look to the Trinity as a measure of unity. The Father, Son, and Spirit are one. Yet, they are very distinct and unique persons, each offering their unique roles and identities. It takes a great depth of humility to pursue a unity like this. It takes putting others first above yourself and realizing your own personal need for Jesus, whether you are right or wrong. You need Jesus and He has accepted you, so there is no need to try to prove yourself to your Fellowship or have them live up to some personal standard you have. Walk in humility and with passion to love one another as Jesus loves you, and continually ask to have Jesus’ eyes for one another.
This is what people will be drawn to. For John 13:35 says “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” God wants to continually forge you into His likeness as a fellowship, and without humility and love for one another, this will not authentically happen.
3. FORGE PRAYER (Dependence) A Forge Fellowship asks God to shape them and their activities to be in complete dependence on God, so that they are doing everything In His Name and Power.
Acts 1:14, Ephesians 6:18
Kingdom Laborers depend on the Spirit of God in prayer and develop their intimacy through prayer. Deuteronomy 4:7 proclaims the difference between Jesus and other religions: “What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the Lord our God is near us whenever we pray to him?” Our God desires intimacy, and much of this comes through prayer. Apart from Him we can do nothing. We desperately need Jesus, and must depend on Him.
Will you draw near to your King and depend on Him in prayer? Prayer is a two-way communication in which we talk with Jesus. Hebrews 12:25 commands us as His laborers to “see to it that you do not refuse him who speaks.” Jesus wants to hear our voices and wants us to hear His (John 10:27).
Pray together. Talk with God together. Ask Him to speak and guide you. Listen to Him together and share what you sense Him speaking to you. Let God be your guide.
4. FORGE THEM (Ministry) A Forge Fellowship is used by God to directly influence their culture by impacting individuals and groups through direct ministry.
Matthew 28:16–20, Matthew 25: 35–40, Romans 10:14–15
Jesus said “Come follow me and I will make you a fisher of men.” Jesus has called His people to share His hope. You are commanded by Jesus to proclaim the Gospel—the good news of His death for sin on the cross, and His resurrection for new life.
As a Forge Fellowship, seek out tangible and intentional opportunities to bring the Kingdom of Heaven to this Earth. Pray and ask God how you can share the name of Jesus in your community. Share the good news of the Gospel. You go with Jesus’ very own presence with you. In Matthew 28:20, Jesus promises, “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” So be the hands and feet of Jesus who will love and serve those who desperately need to know hope. Let him guide you into a life of active Kingdom laboring.
5. FORGE CAMO (Kingdom-Lifestyle) A Forge Fellowship is used by God to indirectly shape their culture by actively living a Kingdom-Lifestyle that represents God’s salt and light in everyday actions and life.
What is your life marked by? When people see you, what do they see? Those who live their lives as Kingdom Laborers are marked by humility, passion, vision, and faith.
Those who are marked by such characteristics are willing to be “all things to all people,” while at the same time live lives that are different because of Jesus, so that some might be saved. Laborers are others-focused and live a life of love! How can you relate to those God is calling you to impact?
How can you live differently than they do? What is the pattern your life conforms to? What is your “camo”?
For Forge Fellowship activities to try at home,
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