I was thinking, which can be a dangerous thing, about words. Word’s describe the expression of many things within our daily lives.
– Some words describe the expression of hate and anger.
– Some words describe the expression of work and duty.
– Some words describe the expression of idealness and slothfulness.
– Some words describe the expression of feelings and emotions.
However, we humans have grown to misunderstand some of the word’s we use every day. One of these misunderstood words is fellowship.
Fellowship is a word that describes the active way we are to treat each other within our lives. Our father has expressed to us His thoughts on this important word’s action. He explained very carefully but we have allowed this word to take on different, less active, importance then God intended. To the first Christians, fellowship was a daily activity, full of action, not something that took place once a month at the church building over a meal or before and after assembly. We see in Acts chapter two that true Christian fellowship was an active part of life and took place daily between all the Christians.
True fellowship is why we are to assemble as directed in Hebrews chapter ten, which says nothing about only fellowshipping one day a week. The implication of Hebrews chapter ten is an activity we are to do daily. True fellowship is to ensure and inspire a relationship of unity between all Christians, a relationship with God, and join in unified commitment to Jesus in the fulfillment of God has willed.
Fellowship is the crucial way that God intends for us to accomplish His given purpose, of each individual Christian, of the church – through individual Christians – as we discover in Ephesians chapter three.
In 1 Corinthians chapter 12 we see that all members, are vital to God’s will concerning fellowship. No one is to be ignored or over looked. Also in this chapter, we see that God does not give anyone the right to remove himself or herself from the importance of fellowship, no one has the right to separate themselves from the functioning body of Christ, the local church.
Therefore, the practice of fellowship is the outward exercise of our inner unity, together, in accomplishing God’s will. It is not only innate but also obligatory in accomplishing God’s purpose for the true church.
The Primary Purpose of Fellowship:
Having the same desire to, actively, do God’s will. This means that each of us must take an active role in seeking to save the lost and helping to restore the lost into an active relationship with God. We all must be doing our part to fulfill the collective will of God within the church. Luke 19:10 tells us that the main purpose for Jesus coming, in human form, was; “for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Christian means Christ like. Therefore, as Christians, we all must have this same purpose as Jesus. This means our primary goal in life is to do all we can to daily seek and save the lost. In 2 Corinthians, chapter five, we find that to seek and save the lost is through the process of reconciliation through Jesus. We read in verses 18-20; “All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.” When we fail to have personal evangelism in our individual lives, to bring the lost back into an active relationship with God, we are not fallowing God’s will of unified fellowship. This has to be our number one goal as a Christian: Unity in our outreach fellowship. If we fail to have unified fellowship: then we are guilty of the warning of Hebrews chapter ten, verse 29. Therefore, doing Christian fellowship means to have the same goal in life of doing everything we can to bring others to Jesus or we do not have unity in our Christian fellowship. This means we, as Christians, need to organize in our function of seeking to bring the lost to Jesus.
To be a Christian means to be active in fellowship through common goals. This requires that we are active in each other’s lives.
What is Fellowship?
Fellowship is taking an active role in the churches primary purpose. It is doing your active best to help with the goals God has tasked each Christian and the church. Seek to discover where you can best help, reaching the lost, by discovering your spiritual gifts, natural abilities, and by knowing the needs of the church. Then help where you can make, not just yourself, but the church as a whole, be the most fruitful. If you do not know your spiritual gifts, pitch in where you have a natural ability. Fellowship is actively working with others toward the common goal God has tasked the church. As you work with others, your gifts will surface and you will be pleasing to God.
What does Fellowship look like?
Praying together: Acts 2:42
Having meals together: Acts 2:42
Physically helping each other: 2 Cor 8:4
Spiritually supporting each other’s Christian work: Gal 2:9
Working together to fulfill God’s will: Eph 3:9
Unified in the purpose of Jesus: Php 3:10
Encouragement: Acts 15:32 and Heb 10:24
Having common purpose: Acts 2:44, Acts 4:32,
Supporting each other in the same faith: Tit 1:4
Having the same salvation: Jude 1:3
Sin against Fellowship:
Sin Definition: To depart voluntarily from the path of duty prescribed by God to man; to violate the divine law in any particular, by actual transgression or by the neglect or nonobservance of its injunctions; to violate any known rule of duty; often followed by against.
Fellowship; designed and directed by God, for us as Christians to take part in. Sin is voluntarily not doing the will of God. Therefore, to remove yourself from the unified fellowship of other Christians and/or the church is to sin against God. Sin is punishable by death to a real hell and eternal separation from God.