Grow with us.
Are you connected to a body of believers, or is it just you and Jesus? According to Scripture, fellowship with other believers is of crucial importance. Without it, not only can we not be of benefit to others, but we ourselves become starved of the benefits that come from being in community. Thus, we fail to fulfill God’s purposes in our lives.
PURPOSES OF FELLOWSHIP:
To display our discipleship to unbelievers
John 13:34-35 “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know you are my disciples if you love one another”
To exercise spiritual gifts
Many of these cannot be exercised alone. 1 Corinthians 12:7-11 lists spiritual gifts such as wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, discernment and interpretation of tongues. All of these are for the collective benefit of a gathering of people.
For encouragement and support
:10 “Pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up”
:12 “A cord of three strands is not easily broken”
Without the support of other believers, we are more vulnerable to the stresses of life and the attacks of the enemy.
To establish the body of Christ
1 Corinthians 12
:14 “Now the body is made up not of one part, but of many”
:25 “There should be no division in the body, the parts should have equal concern for one another”
The different parts are meant to operate together. In John 17 :22 Jesus prays “that they may be one as we are one.”
God wants us to be as one; united in vision and purpose in Him. 1 John 4:12 says, “If we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us”
For God’s love to be complete in us, we must love one another and fellowship together!
Adapted from: The Second Day Blog