As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17)
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, (Hebrews 10:24)
We are now halfway through our 40 days journey. I hope you have been able to consistently dedicate 15 minutes a day to spending quality time with God. Today we turn our attention to the Discipline of Fellowship.
As we consider our identity, it is important to note that we cannot be our best without fellowship. Simply put, God does not expect us to go it alone. Further, we shouldn’t use our personality type (e.g., the classic, “I’m an introvert.”) as a reason to opt out of a clear Biblical directive for Believers.
Please prayerfully reflect on the Bible verses above.
Something to think about:
How much of a priority is Christian fellowship in your daily life?
March 8, 2018 at 5:48 am
As Christians we are interdependent and we must realize this. We are a body and we need each other to function as such. We cannot do it alone. I fellowship with other Christians at least 4 times a week. E.g church, discipleship, accountability meeting, evangelism.
March 8, 2018 at 7:52 am
Unfortunately not as much as I would like or think it should be. I’m working on it though. After years of a broad network of believers and bi-weekly events at our church, we moved. We are finally deciding on a new home church and prayerfully considering ways to serve.
March 8, 2018 at 8:52 am
What strikes me in the verses above is the aspect of deep sharing, vulnerability and accountability, as opposed to just superficial meeting and chit-chat. This is the fellowship of value in the heavenlies which we are called to. I thank God for the gift of a spouse who knows Him and with whom I have such fellowship, but if I am honest, there is probably not enough of this in my daily walk, despite knowing men with whom I know this could easily be a reality.
March 8, 2018 at 4:31 pm
What I understand from the scriptures is simply to encourage and help people mainly through discipleship and just plain caring,giving an ear, helping,encouraging. Fellowship yes but most people who are in a bible study , church etc are usually on their way.I think apart from Fellowship with your other members he means your co workers, people in general.
Sometimes you could see someone who looks alone or shy –just reach out to the person etc.My mother always said “Encourage –don’t discourage”.
March 12, 2018 at 7:38 am
Hi Yasmin, I totally agree with everything you’ve said (and really like your mum’s saying too :), but what about receiving as opposed to the giving you describe? Are we just as open and available (vulnerable) for that?
March 8, 2018 at 8:45 pm
If i try to quantify the amount of time i spent in the company of other Christians, and the frequency, i will certainly fall short in this area.
However, every opportunity i get, i intentionally encourage others to press on, go further and trust in God.
March 10, 2018 at 6:20 am
Christian fellowship is very important in my daily life, even though I may not always be in a church setting to demonstrate it. Whereas we must not abandon coming together as Christians in a physical location, the ultimate test is our love, concern and care for others whether they are Christians or not. As it’s generally understood, however, Christian fellowship is crucial for edifying or building up one another (should be!); strengthening one another’s faith, reminding us that we are not alone, and encouraging one another in word and deed. I do this very frequently but in all honesty I could not say ‘daily’ especially when I remember that all liars shall have their part in hell!!