Fellowship
FELLOWSHIP

FELLOWSHIP

"The assembling of ourselves together." (Heb.10:25)

 

1. The Bible instructs us to fellowship:

A. The importance of fellowship:

                Heb.10:25               Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together...but so much the more as ye see the day approaching

                Psa.133:1-3            How good...for brethren to dwell together in unity

                Mat.18:19,20          Where 2 or 3 are gathered...there am I in the midst

                1Jn.1:7    If we walk in the light...have fellowship one with another

                (See also 1Jn.1:3; Psa.119:63.)

B. We are one body in Jesus:

                Rom.12:5                So we, being many, are one body in Christ, & every one members one of another (See also 1Cor.12:12-28.)

C. There is strength in united fellowship:

                Deut.32:30             One chase a thousand, two put ten thousand to flight (See also Lev.26:8)

                Eccl.4:9,10              Two are better than one...if they fall, one will lift up

                Eccl.4:12 A threefold cord is not quickly broken

                Acts 28:15             The brethren...came to meet us as far as Appi forum...whom when Paul saw, he thanked God, took courage

D. It's hard to be alone, without fellowship:

                Eccl.4:10 Woe to him that is alone when he falleth; he hath not

                2Tim.4:16               At my first answer no man stood with me

 

2. The reasons for fellowship:

A. Edification & inspiration:

                Acts 2:42               They continued steadfastly in...doctrine & fellowship

                1Cor.14:3,4             [Prophesying & doctrine edify the church]

                1Cor.14:26              When ye come together...let all things be...edifying

B. Reading the Word together:

                Neh.8:1-4a,8          The people gathered themselves together...Ezra read

                Acts 15:30,31        Gathered multitude together...delivered the epistle

                1Tim.4:13               Give attendance to reading, to exhortation...doctrine (See also Acts 16:4; Col.4:16; 1Thes.5:27.)

C. Exhortation & instruction:

                Acts 15:32             Exhorted brethren with many words & confirmed them

                Acts 20:7               When the disciples came together...Paul preached

                Heb.10:25               Assembling ourselves together...exhorting one another

                (See also Acts 11:22,23; 15:36,41.)

D. Gathering for special prayer:

                1Tim.4:14               The gift...which was given thee...with the laying on of hands of the presbytery (assembly of elders)

                Jam.5:14 Call for the elders of the church; & pray over him

E. United prayer:

                Acts 1:13-15          [120 disciples gathered to pray in the upper room]

                Acts 12:5,12          House...where many were gathered together praying

F. Having communion:

                Acts 20:7a             The disciples came together to break bread

G. Meeting to discuss important matters:

                Acts 15:2,4            [Went] unto apostles & elders about this question

                Acts 20:17,18        He called elders of the church...when they were come

                Acts 21:17-19        All the elders were present...(Paul) de clared what

H. Making a point to seek for fellowship:

                (See Acts 21:3,4a; 27:2,3; 28:13,14.)

 

3. Holding meetings:

A. Everyone can contribute something:

                1Cor.14:26              When ye come together...one of you hath a psalm, a doctrine, a tongue, a revelation, an interpretation

B. Be united & orderly during fellowship meetings:

                Acts 4:32               The multitude of them which believed were of one heart & of one soul

                1Cor.14:33,40         In all the churches of the saints...let all things be done decently & in order

                (See also 1Cor.11:17-34; 14:23-31; Jam.2:2-4.)

C. United singing during fellowship:

                Ezra 3:11 They sang together...praising & giving thanks

                Mat.26:30               And when they had sung an hymn, they went out

                Heb.2:12 In the midst of the church will I sing praise

D. End meetings with prayer:

                Acts 20:36             When he had thus spoken...he prayed with them all

                Acts 21:5,6            We departed...& we kneeled down & prayed

E. Fellowshipping together constantly:

                Acts 2:46               Continuing daily with one accord from house to house

 

4. Being "of one mind" & working together in unity:

                1Cor.1:10                No divisions among you...be perfectly joined together

                1Cor.12:25              Should be no schism in body... have the same care

                Phi.2:2    Be likeminded...being of one accord, of one mind

                (See also Gal.2:9; 1Pet.3:8.)

 

5. Fellowship with the world:

A. Avoid intimate fellowship with the worldly:

                Eph.5:11 Have no fellowship with unfruitful works of darkness

                2Cor.6:14-17          Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers

                (See also Jn.15:19; 1Cor.10:20,21; 1Jn.5:19.)

B. We cannot avoid some dealings with unbelievers:

                Jn.17:15  Not take them out of world...but keep them from evil

                1Cor.5:9,10             Not altogether [separate]...for then ye must go out

C. Use fellowship with unbelievers to win them:

                Mat.9:9-13             Why eateth your Master with publicans & sinners? I am come to call...sinners to repentance

                1Cor.10:27,31         If any that believe not bid you to a feast, & ye be disposed to go...do all to the glory of God

 

 

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