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Do You Have Fellowship Or Just Meetings?

August 5, 2013

Dear ones, this past week in Washington state has been totally awesome.  During this trip we have had most excellent fellowship and because of that people have come to the Lord and grown deeper in their walks with HIM.  Soon I depart for Seattle so that I can be a on a flight home.  Please pray for me because confined places like a plane, especially their bathrooms do not mix well with PTSD.  Because of what happened during the flight out here I am excited to see who I am sitting beside on this trip home.  Please enjoy this older blog that helps describe the type of fellowship we all experienced here this week?

Greetings,

“This is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all.  If we claim to have fellowship with Him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth.  But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin.”          1 John 1: 5-7

“Fellowship with one another” is vitally important for every follower of Jesus.  Yet, true fellowship rarely occurs when a traditional “church” meets.  ”Fellowship”, as used in this text, means deep, intimate relationship and social intercourse.  It speaks of rich participation and total partnership.

Truth be told, nearly 100% of most “church services”  allow for very little partnership or participation and what they do allow for is rarely relational or intimate.  In fact more fellowship happens when exchanging pleasantries and hand shakes on the way in and out of the building than within the actual service times.  It is very sad, but the Pastor’s encouragement to “greet your neighbor” is usually the deepest and relational as it gets.

The rest of the time in the “service” is normally spent sitting in rows, staring at the back of someone’s head while you listen to the Pastor’s monologue.  That my friends is NOT fellowship.  It is not interactive or participatory and it does nothing to build real relationships in the Body of Christ.

In authentic fellowship everyone participates and shares the deepest of things that they have on their hearts.  Real fellowship allows for the open exchange of thoughts and ideas that pertain to Jesus and all things church.  When we truly gather in His name we all get to share our burdens, struggles, victories and successes with one another.  Without that type of open and intimate sharing it never really becomes fellowship and all it really ends up being is another shallow meeting of some folks that really needed to hear from the Christ in each other, but were denied access to that due to the traditional way that they meet.

True Church is all about relationship, with HIM and one another.  It is about deep friendship that goes well beyond just sharing a pew, row of chairs or a handshake.  In true fellowship everyone gets to share what is going on in their hearts.  It is about relationships that go deeper than just being mere friends or family.  Is your fellowship like that or does it lack true love and intimacy?  If we are really walking in the light we will have rich fellowship like I have described here.  It is not an option.  It is a need that all of us have in order to be fully whole, complete and mature in Christ.

Love and …..

Kirk Out !

 

 

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2 Comments
  1. "BK" permalink

    Once in MIchigan our daughter was asked to ‘close in prayer’. She stood to her feet and prayed, “Lord, bless these people with Your presence. I’ll be so glad when You bring the day in fully where don’t sit in a bunch of rows and stare at the back of each others’ heads; but we relate together and enjoy the true bonding fellowship brings……”. Needless to say, she wasn’t asked again :). We so enjoyed every minute of our short week together. Deepest friendship, yes, that would describe it; brotherly love; fellowship that washes each others’ feet; being one as the Father and Son are. What a hope…..what a reality. Love you, brother, “BK”

  2. Church, is simply the imposter institution that has taken the public representation of Christ, and repackaged it after the manner of the Jewish Law and Temple religion. You cannot reform it, because its origins are not and were never “in Christ” but in the cosmos”, the products of ambitious men.

    The familial spiritual kingdom of God is not in the news, nor in the steepled buildings. It is hard to pin down “The Wind”. You my dear brother are cooperating with “The Wind”, and may He carry you all the way, the rest of your earth journey.

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