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My daughter is just learning shapes. She has one of those box things where you have to fit the right shape through the right hole. It becomes really difficult when you try and force a square through a circle and vice versa. In order to experience the true meaning of fellowship, our gatherings should take a different shape. Different shapes serve different purposes and the shape of fellowship looks more like a circle than rows.
Circles and Rows
“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 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
Anna learning shapes story. Circle, Square and her favorite is stars. Circles and rows are both within the realm of possibilities of our church life experience. Circles serve to function as a way for us to see each other, share and to unite us together.
Fellowship means “to share” Koinonia
Fellowship is not just you eating your doughnut and coffee on Sunday. When you think of fellowship you should be thinking in terms of “what or how am I participating right now?”
Big Idea: Biblical sharing goes way beyond coffee and food.
The Size of Fellowship
Fellowship can only truly happen within a smaller sized community of believers. This is why larger churches establish small groups. To be part of the church means being part of a smaller group.
God is a “small group” within Himself. It’s called the Trinity. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit all relate together one to another. God has given us this as an example of the importance of community.
Jesus had a small group of 12 disciples. He had a larger ministry to his region, but his primary place of relationship was within this small group of 12 and even closer his 3 closest disciples.
The Substance of Fellowship
Sharing can include the sharing of God’s Word with each other. Prophetic words bring encouragement to others and so do testimonies that share with us how God’s Word is affecting you.
“What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the church may be built up.” – 1 Cor. 14:26
Prophecy is God’s word to men through men. Prophecy builds up.
Food is involved in fellowship as well. As a point of intimacy with one another. Over the table of fellowship is where we are actually able to take moments to learn how we can share burdens, pray for each other and get to know our journey with Jesus.
Encouraging and Promoting One Another
We don’t just encourage one another by attending meetings. Real encouragement goes beyond just showing up to “promoting” love and good deeds. We must promote, provoke and stir each other up.
Holding Each Other Accountable
Who is holding you accountable spiritually?
Accountability isn’t just top down. We hold each other accountable, not just to point out flaws and weaknesses, but to bring out the best in each other.
“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” – Galatians 6:2
Call To Action:
Are you bearing your burdens alone? Have you been isolating yourself?
Have you become a lone ranger with no one to hold you accountable to your walk with Christ?