Why a "Fellowship"?
Why should you consider beginning a fellowship, or becoming a part of one?
Well, quite frankly there are a number of very good reasons, and most of them can be found in the Bible!
One of the first very good motivations should be that having “fellowship” with others believers, was God’s original idea in the design for what we have come to know as “church” today. The church was originally designed to be community of believers that individually lived and walked in harmony with God, and as a result thereof, lived in unity and in agreement with one another also! Back then the church of Jesus Christ had very little to disagree over between another, because they were all in agreement with God! They were all so focused of Jesus that they did have time to find anything else between them to disagree over. The Bible describes this unique position in telling us that they “were all in of one heart and in one accord” and that Christ was the centrality of their lives and of their union with another. They went “from house to house and broke bread”. There was much to celebrate, much to be joyful about!
I believe that at no other time was God so pleased with His church on earth than at this particular time. The Bible tells us, “great grace was upon them all”! God highly approved the fruit of them being Unified with Him and being so full of His Spirit that they lived in perfect harmony with another, expressing the very Life of His Spirit from within themselves and among each other!
Even the world was in awe over this supernatural expression of Christ among His followers! They saw the Love of God being expressed among people in the most unnatural ways. People began to care for another, rather than just for themselves. There was a supernatural unselfishness among them that exceeded human possibility. God was truly in them and among them, and the world took notice. They could make a clear distinction between themselves and these believers and “no one durst” to just join them or add himself to their company. There was a genuine Presence in their midst, respected and honored by all!
Sadly religion eventually found its way into God’s perfect creation, just as the serpent found his way into God’s garden. The rest is history! The believers lost the liberty they once knew in the Lord, separation and division came as men began allowing themselves to be enslaved by religious ideas again, and many factions came as result, dividing believers in ways that left them being more separate from another than the world was from Christ!
Today the church has mainly become no more than religious organization that has the ability to help its members to a limited degree, but that has failed to recapture any of the former glory it once had at its origins and at the very beginning of its existence.
Today there are people who are desperately seeking a place where they can be healed. Where they can share their lives on a much more intimate level with other people. Where things are real and where they can rediscover the Love and intimacy with God, and with each other, that the early church knew and once possessed.
People are tired of dead sermons that have no more impact than the 45 minutes they are preached, and empty worship services that promise the clouds of rain, but then turn out to be waterless clouds, producing no rain that can produce the Life of Christ in them.
There is a cry for what the church ought to be, not for what man has made it to become. People are tired of being used to achieve the visions of men seeking greatness for themselves, and being enslaved to bring those men to greatness. They are tired of constantly being nagged for money with every phony gimmick in the book. Oh, I can go on and on with reason upon reason, as to why we need to return to the Biblical standards of being the church, rather than visiting a place they call “church”!
When reading the Book of Acts you will find the word “fellowship” used directly and indirectly by implication, all throughout the book. Because it describes the harmony once known and experienced by early believers, just as God intended it to be.
In beginning a fellowship, or joining one, your vision should be to recapture this original intent of God in bringing people back into the True Church of Jesus Christ, consisting of believers who willingly give themselves to be changed and molded into God’s Image, and transformed to live in harmony and in Union with Him, and because of that, with one another.
Let us look at some Scriptures that would give us a clearer understanding of what this “fellowship of the Believers” would have been in the experience thereof:
Acts 2:43-47 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
And a sense of awe (reverential fear) came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were performed through the apostles (the special messengers).
And all who believed (who adhered to and trusted in and relied on Jesus Christ) were united and [together] they had everything in common;
And they sold their possessions (both their landed property and their movable goods) and distributed the price among all, according as any had need.
And day after day they regularly assembled in the temple with united purpose, and in their homes they broke bread [including the Lord’s Supper]. They partook of their food with gladness and simplicity and generous hearts,
Constantly praising God and being in favor and goodwill with all the people; and the Lord kept adding [to their number] daily those who were being saved [from spiritual death].
Acts 4:31-37 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
And when they had prayed, the place in which they were assembled was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they continued to speak the Word of God with freedom and boldness and courage.
Now the company of believers was of one heart and soul, and not one of them claimed that anything which he possessed was [exclusively] his own, but everything they had was in common and for the use of all.
And with great strength and ability and power the apostles delivered their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace (loving-kindness and favor and goodwill) rested richly upon them all.
Nor was there a destitute or needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses proceeded to sell them, and one by one they brought (gave back) the amount received from the sales
And laid it at the feet of the apostles (special messengers). Then distribution was made according as anyone had need.
Colossians 3:15-17 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state] to which as [members of Christ’s] one body you were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always].
Let the word [spoken by] Christ (the Messiah) have its home [in your hearts and minds] and dwell in you in [all its] richness, as you teach and admonish and train one another in all insight and intelligence and wisdom [in spiritual things, and as you sing] psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, making melody to God with [His] grace in your hearts.
Ephesians 3: 17-19 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
May Christ through your faith [actually] dwell (settle down, abide, make His permanent home) in your hearts! May you be rooted deep in love and founded securely on love,
That you may have the power and be strong to apprehend and grasp with all the saints [God’s devoted people, the experience of that love] what is the breadth and length and height and depth [of it];
[That you may really come] to know [practically, [e]through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ, which far surpasses [f]mere knowledge [without experience]; that you may be filled [through all your being] [g]unto all the fullness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and [h]become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]!
1 Corinthians 1: 26-29 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
For [simply] consider your own call, brethren; not many [of you were considered to be] wise according to human estimates and standards, not many influential and powerful, not many of high and noble birth.
[No] for God selected (deliberately chose) what in the world is foolish to put the wise to shame, and what the world calls weak to put the strong to shame.
And God also selected (deliberately chose) what in the world is lowborn and insignificant and branded and treated with contempt, even the things that are nothing, that He might depose and bring to nothing the things that are,
So that no mortal man should [have pretense for glorying and] boast in the presence of God.
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