Keeper of His Home

by Chelsea McCafferty

Sweet, Sweet Fellowship – You Need it Too

on August 8, 2014

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(Pic is from my own church ladies Christmas fellowship from a few years back….lovely ladies!)

If you are the stay-at-home, mind-your-own-business, not-really-social, don’t-need-anyone, prefer-to-be-alone, just-me-and-my-family type of person, this is going to be an area of challenge for you. You see, living out the Christian life alone isn’t really what God had in mind for His people. We can see that clearly when we look at the New Testament church, following the resurrection and ascension of Christ. Scripture says:

“And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.” Acts 2:42

The word “steadfastly” is translated from the Greek word “proskartereō“. This word is translated: “devoted to, adherent to, constant, steadfast, continuing at all times in a place, persevering and not to faint.” By understanding the breadth of the word, we see a little more clearly how important it was for these early Christians to be together. They were committed to it. They were devoted. They continued at all times. What were they doing at all times?

We see that they were teaching doctrine. How wonderful it is to study the Word of God. We should never neglect to do so, however, that’s not all they were doing. They were steadfast in fellowship. That word fellowship is the beautiful word “koinōnia” which means, “fellowship, association, community, communion, joint participation, intercourse,the share which one has in anything, participation.”

** Notice that fellowship is listed separately from teaching of doctrine. So many churches today do one but neglect the other. They may teach doctrine steadfastly, but they are lacking in real fellowship, and because of that the body suffers. Scripture tells us the NT church broke bread together often. They shared meals. They went from home to home. They were intimately connected with one another. They were also in prayer. Of course, it’s much easier to pray for people when you are sharing in fellowship, because you know what their needs are and your closeness gives you even more of a healthy burden to pray for one another.

God never meant for us to walk this journey alone. He loves it when His children are in fellowship. He loves knitting our hearts together. Today I made a new friend whom I’ll be meeting with weekly for mutual encouragement in the Lord. I may have only met her today, but I can say that I love this sister, and that I know the Lord is knitting our hearts together and drawing us into fellowship. We need to make these connects, be in discipleship and mentor others in the Lord. We need to build community and relationships within the church.

Look, the enemy is constantly attacking us and trying to get us to stumble. The world is dark and the days are evil. We see are walking a narrow and unpopular road. We need each other, dear church.  Let us not neglect the fellowship of the saints. Let the stronger brother help the weaker. Let the wealthy brother give of his abundance to help the poor. Let us sacrifice of our own time to be with others in encouragement. Those are the things that matter in the end.

Fellowship. Sweet, sweet fellowship. You need it too…even if you don’t realize it.

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