Welcome to another episode on the Gospel Exposition Blog. God bless you as you read.
Fellowship is a coming together of believers to worship, and to serve God. Fellowship could also mean the relationship we have with other believers based on the mutual relationship we have with Jesus Christ. On this platform, we keep announcing that, after you’ve been saved, it is important for you to join a local church where you can fellowship. We would show you the reason in this post.
When we became Christians, three relationships were initiated;
1. Our Relationship with Jesus as our Saviour
2. Our Relationship with God as our Father
3. Our Relationship with fellow believers as Joint heirs (brothers and sisters) of the kingdom.
God wants us to be nurtured and continue to grow through these relationships. He wants us to be built up and established through these relations. No one can grow or flourish in isolation. A Christian is never made a better Christian by isolating himself from God, Christ or his fellow brethren.
It is God’s will that we that have the knowledge of truth should come together in unity. God wants us that have been delivered from darkness and translated into the Kingdom of His dear Son to be united in one accord. There is great strength in fellowship and we would not enjoy or experience it until we come together in fellowship.
“Hebrews 10:25 (KJV) Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”
The writer of the book of Hebrews admonishes us yet again as to the importance of unity. The word of God is teaching us not to forsake the assembly of believers as some individuals do. When we come together, what do we do? We are to exhort one another in the word of God, sing psalms And glorify God. We are to strengthen one another. As we fellowship together consistently, we begin to help each other grow into the maximum capacity deposited inside of each person.
When we come together in fellowship, we also pray for each other.
“James 5:16b (KJV) Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”
The understanding that your prayer as a believer avails much and performs wonders will spur you to pray for your fellow Christians.
There comes a time in every Christian’s life when he faces challenges and trials. There is no better place for such Christian to find assurance and strength than in the fellowship of other Christians. God’s will is that we join hands together and continually strengthen each other through supplication and intercession.
Benefits of Fellowship
1.) Fellowship gives us a picture of Christ: That happens when we come together as believers transcends what the human reasoning can comprehend. The Bible says each believer is a part of the body of Christ and the coming together of believers creates the whole entity of Christ. When this happens, we continually edify one another and spur each other to greater accomplishments in Christ Jesus through the gifts of the Spirit he has given us.
Romans 12:4-6 “For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ, we though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith.” (NIV)
2.) Fellowship provides Encouragement: We all face one challenge or the other, we all have bad moments. We need people to soothe us and provide encouragement for us to bounce back from setbacks. You can’t get encouragement from being alone and isolated. Our fellowship with other believers lift our spirit and provides us with soothing balm to heal us during times of pain.
3.) Fellowship provides Strength: No matter the level you are in faith, you need to fellowship. When believers come together in unity, strength is made available by the power of God. Being around other believers help us grow and increase in faith. In relation to this, fellowship also provides strength as a body in unity. Let me liken it to the ingredients used to make biscuits. You need flour, sugar, oil and so on to make it, but if one of the ingredients is not available, will you get a perfect biscuit? No! The body of Christ can be likened to this, and every ingredient is needed to complete the body so that unity and strength may multiply.
Matthew 18:19-20 “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” (NIV)
Conclusively, when we pray in unity as a company of believers, our prayers perform wonders and open the heavens. An example of this was when Peter was imprisoned by Herod, because of the prayers of the believers, he was delivered by an Angel of God and escaped death. As we go on our daily tasks and jobs, let us always remember that our fellowship with other believers in our local church is very important. Let me leave you with this quote by Apostle Ignatius; “When ye frequently, and in numbers meet together, the powers of Satan are over thrown, and his mischief is neutralized by your like mindedness in the faith”
God bless you as you heed his word to fellowship with other believers. Share this with your family and friends. God bless you.