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Understanding & Implementing Discipline Part 5
5/17/2013

Fellowship

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

We are looking at a six part devotional series titled, “Understanding & Implementing Discipline.”  We’ve learned that we will have a propensity to repeat our mistakes within our Christian walk until we implement spiritual disciplines into our life—disciplines that will help us to stay focused on God and his Word.   In Part 5 of this series we will begin to look at our next spiritual discipline, which is:

·      Fellowship

 Fellowship means being a part of a group, or a body of people.  It would mean we are opposed to solitude, isolation or loneliness.  Fellowship means sharing certain things in common with others, such as activities, experiences, goals, feelings, or beliefs.  Christian fellowship is first and foremost, “The sharing together in a common life with other believers through relationship with God through Jesus Christ.”  Fellowship is a relationship rather than an activity.

...that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. 1 John 1:3 (NKJV)

In Acts 2:42 we can clearly see the early church gathering together in fellowship.  They were not just devoting themselves to activities, but to a relationship.   It is to be the same with us today—we are to have the kind of fellowship that encourages, edifies (builds up) and serves one another.  And we do this by reading our Bibles, and then by abiding in God’s truth. 

One needs only to look to the Gospels within the Bible to see the many “one another” commandments given by Jesus.  Each of these commandments is done with the thought of having a proper Christian fellowship with each other—a fellowship based on agape love.  Remember, agape love is a supernatural love that comes from God and it is available to every believer. It is centered on the needs and welfare of the one loved.  It will pay whatever personal price is necessary to meet those needs and foster this welfare.

Here are a few examples of how we can truly care for “one another” through fellowship.

·      Fellowship includes serving one another. (Gal. 5:13)

·      Fellowship includes confessing to one another. (Jas. 5:16)

·      Fellowship includes admonishing one another. (Rom 15:14)

·      Fellowship includes comforting and encouraging one another. (1 Thes 4:18, 5:11; Heb. 313)

·      Fellowship includes worshiping with one another. (Eph 5:19; Heb 10:25)

·      Fellowship includes always seeking the good of one another. (1 Thes 5:15)

·      Fellowship includes being honest with one another. (Col. 3:9)

·      Fellowship includes being at peace with one another. (Mk. 9:50)

·      Fellowship includes showing hospitality to one another. (1 Pet. 4:9)

·      Fellowship includes bearing one another’s burdens. (Gal. 6:2)

If we stop meeting with other Christians we will run out of spiritual passion and dedication in a very short time.  We are told in Proverbs 27:17, that, “As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.”  We do this when we fellowship. Ministry flows through relationships—relationships come from fellowship.

Let’s be disciplined on attending church, and Bible studies—Let’s become an asset to the body of believers as God intended us to be.

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn about the importance of fellowship from the Scriptures contained within this devotional?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you fellowshipping with other Christians at Church and Bible study?

APPLICATION: Let’s make a commitment to fellowship with other believers who have the common denominator of salvation through the blood of Jesus.

Father, thank You for building the Church family so we can fellowship together.  Thank You for allowing us to be a part of this family.  Lord, help us to encourage others to fellowship.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 

 


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