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28 Days: Day 16

SCRIPTURE

  • Acts 2:42, Ephesians 4:2-3, Hebrews 10:24-25 & Romans 14:19

OBSERVATION

Fellowship is the spiritual duty of believers to stimulate each other to holiness and faithfulness. It is not just getting together and having a good time but it is encouraging one another and spurring one another towards loving God, loving His people and serving His mission. 

It is most specifically expressed through the “one anothers” of the New Testament.  The basic meaning of fellowship is “partnership,” or “sharing.” Those who receive Jesus Christ become partners with Him and with all other believers (1 John 1:3). It carries with it the issue of accountability – being accountable to whether or not we are fulfilling God’s purposes for us.

UNDERSTANDING

“For a Christian to fail to participate in the life of a local church is inexcusable. In fact, those who choose to isolate themselves are disobedient to the direct command of Scripture.  (Hebrews 10:24-25)    The Bible does not envision the Christian life as one lived apart from other believers. All members of the universal church, the body of Christ, are to be actively and intimately involved in local assemblies.”

MacArthur New Testament Commentary, The – MacArthur New Testament Commentary – Acts 1-12.

LIFE APPLICATION

So the question is, “Are you a part of the fellowship or are you just attending a Sunday meeting?” 

God’s desire is that when you believed and were baptized, you were to be part of the fellowship where you gave others the permission to encourage and spur you on to fulfill God’s assigned mission.  By the way, spurring is not always a pleasant experience is it?
 
Why don’t you renew your commitment to the fellowship and allow them to help you be all you can be for God?  Commit to being involved in a GROW group where you can experience deep fellowship.