The Importance of Fellowship

How does a Christian avoid becoming hardened by the deceitfulness of sin?  Answer:  by receiving encouragement and exhortation from his fellow Christians every day, and giving them the same (Heb. 3:12-14).

How is the church built up spiritually?  Answer:  only when every member of the church does his or her part (Eph. 4:15-16).

Why does God want us to assemble together regularly?  Answer:  in order to stir each other up to love and good works and encourage each other (Heb. 10:24-25).

Yes, it is certainly important to give each other encouragement and edification.  That’s why God commanded that we do so (1 Thess. 5:11).  Thus, the importance of fellowship.

Frequent fellowship is crucial to remaining faithful and steadfast.  Church, we must grow in fellowship with each other.  Assemble together with your brethren at every opportunity you can.  Take advantage of the worship assemblies, not just one time on Sunday but every time the door is open.  Look for ways to be with your brethren every day…by phone, hanging out together, visiting each other, having Bible studies together, being together socially like eating together at the church potluck meals or spending time playing games with each other…and eating together some more, always a good thing…in each other’s homes.

And even more importantly, work together in furthering the Lord’s cause.  Join each other in having Bible studies with the lost and reaching out to them through various outreach methods like door knocking, social media, writing cards, delivering “welcome to the neighborhood” baskets to newcomers in the community, etc.  After all, fellowship (koinonia in Greek) means “partnership.”  Be partners with each other and partners with God in the work of his Son’s church.

All of this will strengthen your faith and commitment to Jesus, and help you in your walk with God.

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