24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:24 – 25)
Theme: If not You, then Who?
To all our commentators, I can’t thank you enough for your contribution to our review of the Worship over the last three days. You really made a tremendous difference.
Today we turn our attention to the Discipline of Fellowship. Social distancing due to Covid-19 has caused many to think more deeply about the importance of relationships. Thankfully, technology has allowed us to stay in contact with friends and associates. However, most of us have had to be much more selective with our fellowship list, and it is possible that Christian fellowship has suffered.
Often when Christian fellowship is discussed, the focus is on feelings (e.g., what is the level of affection in the community). Feelings and emotions don’t tell the whole story where Christian fellowship is concerned though. As you can see in our passage today, fellowship is also very much about doing (i.e., how the community executes God’s mission). If we are going to be successful in carrying out God’s mission, we need effective fellowship to spur us “on toward love and good deeds”.
Hopefully we are making Christian fellowship a high priority even during the pandemic. The need for us to execute God’s mission isn’t lessened by the pandemic. In fact, in many circumstances the need is greater.
Please read the passage above and answer the questions below.
- How have you prioritized Christian fellowship during the pandemic?
- What challenges to Christian fellowship have you encountered and how have you addressed them?