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~ What Is Christian Fellowship? ~

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What is true Christian fellowship? It has been said that fellowship is just a bunch of fellows on the same ship, however, it is far more rewarding and enriching than that. There is a wonderful exchange that takes place when Christian brothers and sisters come together in true fellowship.

The key is; true Christian fellowship only occurs when you are interacting with the people who God has ordained you to connect with.

The Greek word for fellowship that you usually see in the New Testament is: “koinonia,” This word has a very intimate meaning and has to do with communion, joint contribution, joint participation and a sharing of something that goes beyond what a single individual can contribute. It is a partnering together to share God on a level that cannot be attained by an individual. It is an activity that brings Jesus into your very midst and produces dynamic discipleship and enriches relationship with God on a personal and corporate level.

Matthew 18:20 ~ For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.

God has called you to a particular fellowship, a company of believers that you are to be in relationship with. It is impossible to mature as a balanced Christian without this God ordained fellowship. You have a supply that is needed in that fellowship and the fellowship has a supply that you need also. The supply is both spiritual and natural and it is necessary for balanced growth and maturity in the body of Christ, and for you as an individual.

Ephesians 4:16 – From whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

Notice in this passage that supply comes from the joints in the body, not the parts of the body.

A joint is where two parts meet together, like your elbow or knee. That joint causes both parts to be more effective, more mobile, and increases the ability and strength of both connected parts. It is no coincidence that Jesus used this analogy. If you have ever had an injured joint like an ankle, knee, elbow, or wrist, you know how debilitating and restricting it can be. If you are not connected properly to the local assembly where God has called us, you hinder the overall effectiveness, productivity, and strength of the body of Christ. Not to mention yourself.

There are people who claim that they can worship God and be just fine without going to church or being around other believers. This is a deception of the enemy to prevent them from getting connected to the life of the body. It is a ploy to keep the branches disconnected from the vine so they can’t bear fruit. It keeps them from maturing and renders them ineffective and unproductive.

Hebrews 10:25 ~ And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.

It is important that you be in the right circle of people so that you can experience this kind of fellowship. You don’t need to interact with every person on the planet, but you do need to find your place in the body and develop those relationships around you. It is this kind of fellowship that brings joy to your relationship with God and others.

Almost all of God’s blessings come through relationships. He uses people to bless people. When you are in true fellowship the blessings flow freely. They flow to you and they flow through you. Make it a point to develop and invest in those relationships.

Give yourself to walking in the light of true fellowship, for to fellowship with the body of Christ is just another way to fellowship with Him. In fact, there are realms of God that you will NEVER experience if you don’t engage in this type of “Body Interaction.” As you fellowship together there is a cleansing of sin that allows you to draw closer to God and to each other.

1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

 

~ Are We Making Jesus An Invalid? ~

While praying in the spirit one morning this phrase came out: “I thank you Lord for the body of Christ that validates you to the world.”

That was a new thought to me, however it makes perfect sense. He is the head. We are the body. Without His body, He is incomplete. As I thought on this and asked the Lord what He was trying to show me, I thought of a person that was an “invalid,” with no use of his limbs, paralyzed. Then I thought of the word “invalid”. NOT VALID!

I realized that this is a picture of the present day body of Christ. Without power. Not valid in the worlds eyes.

The body does not have the understanding, nor the power, to carry the Head to a lost and dying world.

We MUST become the body of Christ that we were designed to be. We must walk in the fullness of the Spirit. We must stop thinking and acting independent of the Head.

If I want a drink of water, My head tells my hand to pick up the water bottle and put it to my mouth. If Jesus (the head) wants to heal someone and he tells you (the hand) to go and minister to that person and raise them up by His power  … and you don’t do it … You have just made Him an invalid, and to the world, you have just made Christianity “NOT VALID.”

Jesus is very clear on what He wants us to do:

Matthew 10:8 ~ Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.

Do you really have the guts to walk that out? Do you have the faith to take Him at his word and believe that He will back you up? I am not pointing fingers, I am asking myself. You ask yourself.

JC.

~ Fellowship Brings Joy To Relationship ~

Fellowship is relationship in action.

Fellowship is not just hanging out, although hanging out can be fun and have some value. You must be intentional and deliberate about connecting with people. The goal is not to have a thousand friends. You can be friendly, but maturity moves you from quantity (amount) to quality. You should have some people in your life that you can have quality fellowship with because fellowship adds value and brings joy to relationship. We need one another, and we are called to “community.”

The Bible says it’s not good to be alone. We were made for fellowship to enhance relationships. This is true with your relationship to God, and part of your relationship with Him involves relationship and fellowship with other believers. Your gifts, talents and abilities are not just for you; they are to be shared with others, especially with those in the body of Christ. When we bring all of those gifts and abilities together we experience God on a level that we would never enjoy being isolated. Christianity cannot be practiced in isolation. If you do, it will become irrelevant.

Fellowship cannot just be “programmatic.” It must be “organic,” it occurs naturally. Don’t expect the church to meet all of your needs for fellowship. You must bare some of the responsibility. You must actively pursue Godly interaction with other believers. Fellowship must be intentional and it requires investment on your part. Scripture makes it clear: Mark 12:33, John 13:34-35, Acts 2:42, Romans 12:10, and Hebrews 10:25.

New Testament scriptures teach mostly about how we treat one another and live together. It tells us to: live in harmony, love one another; accept one another; instruct one another; greet one another; serve one another; bear with one another; make allowances for one another; be kind and compassionate to one another; speak to one another; admonish one another; encourage one another; spur one another on; offer hospitality; and edify one another. That’s just a part of the list!

You are going to have varying levels of fellowship. You cannot be on the same level as everybody and that is ok. No matter where you are spiritually, you have the ability as well as the responsibility to contribute to the fellowship.

When you are in fellowship with somebody, you should be adding value to that person. Those people who do not add value to your life do not belong in your life. People will fit into one of four categories. Adders, multipliers, subtractors and dividers. If you are in a group with all subtractors and dividers, you need to find another group!

Above all, fellowship is to be God honoring. Do not mess around with things and borders that could potentially bind you or make you fall.

None of us is a whole body. We are all “parts” and we need one another… or it just doesn’t work. You should have friends that are not believers so that you can be salt and light, but you have to limit what you share together.

We are called to and we need true fellowship. Be deliberate about this! Ask God, who directs traffic, to put “valuable” people in your life to fellowship with.