Finding authentic fellowship
May 13, 2010
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
One of the first and foremost acts of obedience that you and I should perform as Christ-followers is to become a part of a local church body.
In today's verse, the writer of Hebrews (which is most likely the apostle Paul) said to "not neglect to meet together." That's because it's within the body of believers that we encourage each other in the faith and grow spiritually. Fellowship in the Lord strengthens and refreshes us.
This is incredibly important. Short of salvation, there's nothing as important to the people of God as authentic fellowship. As believers, we need to pray together, learn together, serve together, give together, grow together, cry together, repent together, worship together, and proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ together!
This is the kind of fellowship we ought to be a part of every time we gather as the body of Christ.
Is your church a church that knows how to fellowship? Are you participating? I hope you are! Real fellowship is so much more than just grabbing a quick coffee and a cookie in the foyer of the church between services.
Come partake in the fellowship of God's church!
FELLOWSHIP IN THE LORD STRENGTHENS AND REFRESHES US.
OUR THANKS TO YOU!
Do the words rested... peaceful... and refreshed describe you today? Or do the words stressed... rushed... and pressured better describe your way of life?
If you're like most Christians, you'd probably have to admit those last three words more accurately describe your life most of the time!
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