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Do You Have Fellowship Or Just Meetings?

November 14, 2015

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 and necessary for every follower of Jesus and the Body of Christ as a whole at large.  Yet, true fellowship rarely occurs when a traditional/Institutional  “church” meets.  ”Fellowship”, as used in this text, means deep, intimate relationship and social intercourse.  It speaks of extremely rich participation and total partnership with one another.

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 handshakes on the way in and out of the building than within the actual meeting times.  It is very, very sad, but the Pastor’s encouragement to “greet your neighbor” is usually the deepest and most relational as it ever 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 sermon/monologue.  That my friends is NOT fellowship at all.  It is not interactive or participatory and it does nothing to build real, faithful relationships within 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 and life.  When we truly gather together 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 just 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 standard way in which they meet under the headship of their Pastor rather than Christ.

True Church is all about relationship, with Christ 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 today.  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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8 Comments
  1. phariseeinrecovery permalink

    John 4:23-24

    Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

  2. Went to visit another new ‘church’ that is meeting in the ‘church’ we sometimes visit. Another empty experience…..great techs innovations, wired precisely so the machine runs smoothly…..but message was light to fit all the congregation, no,life….afterwards we met with friends we can fellowship with, share concerns with, who are frustrated with their authoritative pastor. There is life amongst the brethren! When we meet and brush thoughts and Christ shows up we have learned more, iron sharpens iron, than sitting through a long message and being bored!

    • Sue, thanks for sharing this portion of your journey with us. I have found that once you taste authentic fellowship all other sorts of meetings really pale in comparison. It is the difference between life and a slow death from spectators boredom. Blessings as you continue to walk forward into Christ’s will for your life.

    • "BK" permalink

      Sue, I was blessed by your comment and am sure praying for you. Like Christopher said, once you taste the life outside the walls of Babylon there’s just nothing else that will satisfy. I will be praying you and your friends get together more and more as you realize you just don’t have to go to the building and be ‘under’ the pastor anymore. My husband and I travel quite a bit and it seems our main message is ‘there is life after Babylon’ because people in our world can’t imagine anything without the hierarchy and now ‘show’, they were raised to believe in Christ. Keep on keeping on…you can trust Him to lead you. Blessings (and good post, Christopher!), “BK”

      • These comments brought tears to my eyes……thank you for your encouragement and prayer for us!!👍💖

  3. "BK" permalink

    One other thought is that in I Corinthians 10 some translations translate the ‘bread’ we break as ‘communion’ and blood as ‘communion’ but the word is the same word better translated as ‘fellowship’….”The bread we break is it not the fellowship of the body of Christ?….” Yes, indeed, it is!
    “BK”

  4. I feel like you were a little birdie listening to our co versatile last night…..we were speaking exactly about bread, communion, etc….and it dawned on me (God…..) that communion is just exactly what Unser saying BK! Thanks for confirmation…..,the lord IS leading…..I’m so excited! Thanks for prayers and care!👍❤️

  5. Sky permalink

    “True Church is all about relationship, with Christ 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 today. 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.”

    Amen! I get so baffled at times when folks actually ARGUE that relationship isn’t necessary, that all we need is Christ and obedience to the scriptures but to me, it IS obedience to have relationships, deep and lasting and through good times and bad……over time….which is how we see real fruit the kind that remains. How can we be the Body of Christ AS A FAMILY without building relationship? Fruit is the natural results of living lives together in Him.

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