9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17 This is my command: Love each other.” (John 15:9-17)
I hope you benefitted from our discussion of Worship over the last two days. Today we turn to the Discipline of Fellowship. Jesus again is a perfect example for us in the practice of this discipline. As we did with Worship, we are going to examine a statement about Fellowship and solicit your reaction.
Statement: Many Christians elect to live their lives without any deep connections with other Christians. Some even go as far as to say they don’t like hanging around other Christians because of past negative experiences.
Please read the passage above and answer the two questions below.
- Based on the John 15 passage, how important is fellowship to Jesus?
- What is your reaction to the statement about Christians who don’t value Fellowship?