The Blessing of Christian Fellowship
Usually, when you are missing something it is at the forefront of your mind. All of us miss being able to assemble together to worship, study, and be encouraged (Heb. 10:24-25). You cannot underestimate the value of fellowship in spiritual growth. Yes, technology is helpful in connecting you to the body of Christ in certain circumstances, but it cannot replace learning and growing in the community of faith. Notice three ways fellowship is described and how each one is key to your faith.
First, fellowship allows you to work through issues of life together. In Matthew 18:20 Jesus stated, “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am among them.” This passage is found in the context of conflict resolution. Jesus lays out what must be done when disharmony comes from discord. You go to the offended brother and work out the issue. Working through conflict together strengthens your faith and the church. Such is living with humility, gentleness, patience, and love. It is eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit and the bond of peace (Eph. 4:1-2).
Second, fellowship requires being intent on the same purpose. First Corinthians 1:10 says, “I appeal to you brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgement.” What does it mean to be of the same mind & judgement? You keep Christ’s purpose for the church in clear view (1 Cor. 2:2). His desires are yours. This attitude strengthens you to strive “side by side” for the sake of the gospel (Phil. 1:27).
Third, fellowship knits you together with those of like faith. Colossians 2:2 says Christians all over the world are “knit together in love.” It is reassuring to know you have a family of faith who will help you in your time of need (1 John 3:17-18).
There is nothing that can replace the influence of God’s plan & people. Fellowship is a necessity for a growing faith.