We’ve continued to strengthen the believers and Churches we’re working with by looking at what it means to be devoted to fellowship. Here is an audio recording from when we looked at the theme of fellowship at East Coker Chapel recently. Click here to listen…
We’ve been reading the book of Philippians asking ourselves what we can learn about fellowship and what we need to do about it. Why don’t you do the same?
Two things have stood out to me as we’ve digged into God’s word. The first thing was from Philippians 2:1-12,
“Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose. Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges, he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
Fellowship isn’t something we find at the perfect Church – it’s something we sacrificially offer to others. Most Christians seem to be on a mission to find the fellowship they need – when actually Jesus is calling them to offer the fellowship that others need! True ‘fellowship in the Spirit’ comes when we begin to have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had and we consider the needs of others before ourselves.
The second thing was that Jesus gave us an example of fellowship when He gave a message to the Church in Laodicea in Revelation 3:20,
“Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.”
If we listen to Jesus then he promises to come in and share a meal with us! There is fellowship!
We tend to over-spiritualise what it means to be a disciple of Jesus – he quietly (or sometimes loudly if evil Spirits were being cast out!) brought the Kingdom of heaven to earth by eating with people and sitting around the table with them. He then started a multiplying movement as He sent out his Disciples to do the same in Matthew 10 and Luke 10 and to find people of peace in every town and village around them.
You can listen to more about this here
Here are some pictures of “Fellowship” happening in Somerset
Who can you gather in your home to have fellowship and grow as disciples of Jesus with?
How could you go and find a person of peace who is willing to eat with you and gather others to start a church in their home?
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