“And let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and for good deeds, not forsaking our own assembly together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.”
I want to start today’s sermon with Hebrews 10:24-25 because I want to talk about the importance of proper fellowship. I want to write about how fellowship when done properly is important. Many followers of Jesus Christ are antisocial at church if they even go because of the bad experiences they have had due to bad fellowship. Gossip in the form of asking others to pray for a certain family so others know your personal business or not being saved enough. But it is up to us to hold down the faith like our forefathers did and even died for. Giving a proper example of fellowship is required to strengthen our faith and others. If we are not united as one we will continue to fall short and we will never be able to be the light mandated by God for the lost. So lets begin my friends.
1 Corinthians 14:26
“What is the outcome then, brethren? When you assemble, each one has a psalm, has a teaching, has a revelation, has a tongue, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification.”
Everyone has strong and weak points whether you want to admit it or not. Our shortcomings are to be strengthened by our fellowship. Everyone has talent God gave them but when we come together in fellowship we shine. There is nothing but strength! Since we all have different backgrounds and experience when it comes to the word of God why keep it to ourselves? By meeting together with one another to educate and grow with one another is a beautiful picture in the Lords eyes. I want to pull out the most important word in this verse and it is edification. The meaning of the word is the instruction or improvement morally or intellectually. Paul was teaching the church of Corinth a vital message. No matter how strong you are alone, together you are better.
“For it is only right for me to feel this about you all, because I have you in my heart, since both my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the Gospel, you are all partakers of grace with me.”
I want to share a little about this verses background so you all can understand the significance and strength behind Paul’s words in thanking the Philippians. When imprisoned he received a gift from them and was filled with love and appreciation for them. Paul wanted to show his love for the people. Since he shared the Gospel with them, his love for them was engraved in his heart. His steadfast protection of the Gospel was the reason for his imprisonment. Paul knew that his suffering was theirs too. When you have the close bond with a group of others you fellowship with, it is not only the mentoring of the Gospel, but we build a bond with each other. When fellowship is done correctly we are not just there for one another during church or bible study. We are there for each other for the good and bad times. By allowing the love of Christ with one another the bond you build can not be broken. This is the meaning of proper fellowship. It is a symbiotic relationship of constant giving and sharing. If your fellowship is one sided you need to correct the issue before it gets worse or find a new group of followers to fellowship with so you can grow and help them.
Now that I have spoken to you all about the importance of fellowship when done properly, I want to challenge each and everyone of you reading this message to take these words to heart. I say this because my love for my fellow Christians is great and it hurts me when they do not want to fellowship with one another. As iron sharpens iron, so one Christian MUST sharpen another. One cannot grow by sitting still and not taking initiative to better themselves and others. This is true for Christianity and for anything else you do in this world. Remember we are partakers of something bigger than ourselves and should feel an urge to share that with others. It also takes courage to do it. So please pray and ask the Holy Spirit to guide you and give you the strength to break that wall down. Just like me, many of you have plenty to share with others to learn from. I learn from my wife and my children everyday and thank God for them daily. There should be nothing stopping you form proper fellowship. I will leave you with this verse and please have a blessed day.
“And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”