This past week, I attended the 2013 Southeast Institute of Biblical studies, Lectureship. Talk about edifying! A bunch of Christians came together to study God’s word, sing songs of praise, eat great food, and have fellowship with one another. This is what God created the spiritual family for, fellowship. Fellowship goes beyond the church building’s walls, it needs to extend into our very lives. I am under the influence that a congregation of believers should have such fellowship on this level, all the time. I know people may complain about having to take time out of their day to come to these events, but it is well worth it. While, talking about that, did God create us to have a life? Let’s restate that, “Did God put you on this earth mainly to have a job, a family, a hobby, or even friends? Now don’t get me wrong, all those come with living here on this earth, but what is our main purpose as Christians?
In Ephesians 2:10, it says that God created us for good works. Jesus says we will be known as His disciples by our love for the brethren (John 13:35). When the church first got its start, they were together and had all things in common (Acts 2:52-47). We as the church today should share in this same fellowship; we should see things in this life as taking away from our fellowship, not as seeing fellowship as taking away from things in our life.
A good verse to some this up is Philippians 1:27, “Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or remain absent, I will hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel.” Christianity is a family and team effort, only thought the proper fellowship can our joy be made complete (John 1:1-4).