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The Discipline of Fellowship

One of the most prominent features of the early church was Christian Fellowship.  Christians are intended to do things together.  We assemble together for worship and we spend time together in study, prayer and song.   As we meet together in fellowship, we get to know each other, we strengthen each other and we care for each other. Our faith is strengthened through fellowship.  Fellowship allows us to break down our cultural and natural inclination for self-centeredness and allows us to form meaningful and trusting relationships with other Christians.  We learn to build each other up and to disciple each other.  The Biblical calls us to fellowship:

  • To care for one another [1 Corinthians 12:26: If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.]
  • To teach and admonish one another [Colossians 3:16: Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.]
  • To serve one another in love [Galatians 5:13: You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free.But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.]
  • To pray for one another [James 5:16: Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.]
  • To restore one another [James 5:19-20: My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truthand someone should bring that person back,  remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.]
  • To be hospitable to one another [1 Peter 4:9: Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.]

God is a relational God and He wants us to form a relationship with Him and with each other.  Through the discipline of fellowship, we experience God  together so we can look beyond just ourselves and grow in grace and godliness as the disciples Christ call us to be.  Every time we gather together we have an opportunity to experience the fellowship God intended for us to enjoy.


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