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Let’s Talk About Fellowship

Let’s Talk About Fellowship

By Joel B.

Hebrews 10:24-25 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

Fellowship is something that I would suggest has been greatly undermined within the church. Many people believe that they owe God an hour or two on a Saturday or Sunday in church and they have done their duty for the week. Some may even be half asleep or secretly listening to a ball game on their headphones while the pastor is speaking.

Let me tell you about someone who loved to fellowship. His name was Jesus. Yes, that’s right, I’m talking about the Son of God. The King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Many times in scriptures we see him fellowshipping with others. A good example of this is given in John 2, where Christ Jesus famously turned the water into wine during the wedding at Cana of Galilee. People were so amazed at this. They couldn’t fathom that such good wine was being served after the lesser wine, but Christ gave the best, just as He give us His best.

Even when Jesus was about to be betrayed by Judas, He still maintained that core belief of having fellowship with others. In Luke 22, Jesus attends the Passover feast with His apostles and this is where he institutes communion with His beloved, which is one of the highest forms of fellowship. We are to continually do this in remembrance of Him.

The apostles did not forget the lessons they learned about fellowship. In Acts 2, we are told that the many had all things in common and they did things to together to include prayer and breaking of bread.

So friends, I urge you to take fellowship very seriously. Even if it’s just reaching out and shaking hands with someone in church, it could make a tremendous difference. Maybe that person will feel compelled to return to church when they otherwise wouldn’t have. Maybe you are called to minister through music or as a deacon. Just find your niche in the church. Don’t be afraid. Unhealthy fear is not of God, and it will only hold you back. God wants you to be joined together with your brothers and sisters in Christ. Just try it even if it’s hard for you, and you may just find that it was all worth it. God bless.

About Joel Bauer

Joel M. Bauer is a 49-year-old U.S. Army Veteran from Dunn, NC, which is just outside of Raleigh. After being honorably discharged from the U.S. Army, he attended school at Taylor University, a Christian liberal arts school, in Fort Wayne, IN, where he received his BS in social work and psychology. He has worked in such places as a homeless shelter, a community based treatment center for severe mental illnesses, a school for troubled students, and other social service agencies. His current endeavor is to build The Bottom Line website into a site that inspires both Christians and non-Christians alike, and brings glory to God.

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