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Simple Fellowship

September 10, 2016

Greetings,

“Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, His body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.  Let us hold unswervingly to the hope that we profess, for He who promised is faithful.  And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.  Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another- and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”  Hebrews 10: 19-25

Yes my friends it is true that we can now enter into His presence with confidence because of His blood sacrifice for our complete redemption and restoration.  We can enter in because Jesus has cleared our path and fully opened the way.  We need not hide in shame because of our sins and shortcomings any longer.  No, we can run into His widespread arms and draw near to Him because of His great unfailing love for us all.

We can hold “unswervingly” (I love that word) to our hope because Jesus is ALWAYS completely faithful.  Yes, it is definitely more about Him than it is about us!  How do we spur each other on towards love and good deeds?  By simply abiding in Him and bearing good fruit as we share our victories and challenges with one another.  Let us continue gathering together to break bread with glad and sincere hearts and to share deep fellowship with one another under our one and only Head Christ Jesus.

Let us encourage one another by speaking and living the truth in love.  Seek Him as you gather together and He will reveal even more of Himself to each one of you.  Lift Him up as you love one another and He will encourage and lift you up also.  The Day of Jesus returning is near.  So hold fast to Him and one another and He will see you through to the very end.

I have seen this passage of scripture used on many occasions to try and control and MANipulate people into going to “church” as often as the doors of the building are open.  I refuse to use or twist it in that manner and will allow it to speak for itself instead.  I choose to fellowship with other Christ followers because it is a great joy that benefits all who gather together under Christ alone.  When we fellowship in a manner that encourages everyone to share their portion and without the Clergy/Laity division, amazing things happen and EVERYONE gets blessed.  Especially Jesus!  I fellowship with others because I love it and I hope and pray that you can find fellowship that is as open, free and satisfying as the gatherings in which I participate.  In the true Body of Christ we have face to face and heart to heart, simple fellowship.  In traditional religion instead of relational fellowship they have set in stone services that stifle any healthy Spiritual interaction and growth.   It is WAY past time to choose true fellowship over rigid services and shows.

Love and …..

Kirk Out !

 

 

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13 Comments
  1. This was previously posted in 2015 and now some comments were crossposted. The following comment was made by Ramma in 2015:

    It is much easier and less work to stay in the place of complacency. Going in and out like clockwork. Good little puppets. Never getting to know whether or not you can sit across a table and communicate the scriptures, your daily happenings, and break bread with another brother or sister. It takes nothing from you. Utilizes none of our spiritual man. But to be one on one and open your heart and mind to be fed and to feed, to love and be loved, seeing Jesus in the eyes of each one in the room, praying together, getting to know one another. That is true,simple fellowship. Amazingly wonderful! No matter how exhausted I may be before our fellowship, I always come away energized and full of more things to go study and search out about the Lord. God bless!

    • The following comment was made today by Sue H in response to Ramma’s 2015 comment:

      Ramma, I sure see your points…,,all true……today I am a bit discouraged, wanting all of the goodness of sweet fellowship ……. Not easy to come by these days it seems…still appreciating prayers on this account. Thanking the Lord I see what true fellowship is, and thankful, grateful to God, for those blessed occasions!❤️

  2. Dan permalink

    Times are getting worse. This world is becoming more hostile and challenging to a stable and fiery walk with God. We need to be amongst other coals to burn bright and hot for Him. Others need the encouragement of our hot coals to keep their own coals from cooling off. The day of His appearing draws close. We want Him to come upon us and see us in a state of hot passion for Him and in community with others who are of the same faithful passion.
    We must not be counted among those who have given up on assembling or have written it off. Though, as some of us look around, we see no encouraging signs at all of potential community in our own local, we cannot quit. We must keep bombarding heaven with our petition for fellowship. We must keep on trying doors, for those who keep on knocking will have the door opened. We must keep listening to the Spirit about what we can personally do to foster spiritual community in our own location. The enemy wants us isolated … and cold. May we renew our efforts to passionately seek the assembling of ourselves. May we husbands initiate spiritual gathering with our own wives. May parents attempt to gather in the Spirit with their own children. May friends do the same with friends. May chance encounters with fellow believers turn into instant close encounters of a heavenly kind. May we not let each other give up but keep encouraging and spurring one another on to this goal. He wants the expression of the fellowship of heaven to be visible on the earth even more than we do. In this is our encouragement to try again, knock again, seek again…one more day.

    • Dan, that was an outstanding encouragement and exhortation. I love the analogy of the coals. For if we are lukewarm Jesus will spit us out and vomit. When HE returns will HE find faith on earth? Yes, the faith of a chosen few. Please continue to fight the good fight of faith and you will find others of like faith if only a remnant. Where 2 or 3 gather in HIS Name HE will be in their midst.

    • "BK" permalink

      Dan, I too appreciated your admonishment and encouragement! I will say there are MANY times the only two present when we have fellowship is my husband, Ken & myself. But I will also say it is WONDERFUL. Wonderful because that fellowship isn’t some’thing’ we do but a life we live. We love to read to each other, whether from the Bible or good book that we find inspiring…and we try to give each other time and space to speak as thoughts and inspiration occur to us. We don’t always agree, but have learned to appreciate those differences and not take offense at them (it was bumpy for quite a long time). Indeed, NEVER GIVE UP! Fan the flame (God) Who abides deep within and even if you walk alone through the valley of the shadow of death remember not to fear evil (or aloneness) but to acknowledge if there is no one else nearby HE walks with us. We have taken His yoke upon us and that means He walks side by side with us. Sometimes it’s a battle but it is always worth it and I can testify it does get easier and easier as time goes by to recognize Him as I walk through this life. Love, “BK”

      • Thank you BK for sharing that witness of how the truth in love always works for us and the encouragement to NEVER GIVE UP. We are never alone, for HE is always with us, within us and alongside us.

  3. Sue heumann permalink

    Thank you so much, guys, for your encouragement! What a blessing to have this blog to come to….

  4. Clark Wade permalink

    Such a wonderful passage Kirk. Our access to the Father is by the blood of Jesus, never our own merit. There is no one who can “boast” in God’s presence. When we trust Him as our Savior, we are placed “in Christ” who becomes our righteousness and holiness before God’s face (I Cor. 1:30). God’s love for us is not “in” anything “in” ourselves but is “in” His Son! “What can separate us from the love of God (for us), which is IN Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 8:39). Is there anything more wonderful than being “in Christ?” God’s love for us is in His Son! There is nothing in all creation that can separate the love of the Father for the Son, and the Son for the Father, and our place is “in” their love. He is our place of Belovedness before God “Eph. 1:3-8) “Christ is our life” (Col 3:4). This is our spiritual reality, “seated with Him in the heavenly places” (Eph. 2:6). But until Christ comes and redeems these bodies, our spiritual “position” will not match our “condition.” So “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another- and all the more as you see THE DAY approaching.”

    I think “the Day” the Spirit is speaking of is “the Day” when we will see the redemption of our bodies (when we will see our physical condition match our spiritual position), in which we presently groan in ourselves, as we wait for the redemption of our body” (Rom. 8:23).

    And on that “Day” of most wonderful days, our bodies will be JUST LIKE own body (Philip. 3:21).

    • What a very well reasoned response Clark. Christ in us is the Hope of Glory. Thanks for sharing here today brother.

  5. Mercy fulgencio permalink

    We gather or assemble together to provoke one another to love and to good works.
    We don’t assemble for the sake of perpetuating the localchurch or the denomination

    • Very true Mercy! The system perpetuates the system and nothing more. While relationship perpetuates relationship and so much more fruit.

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