Fellowship

Posted: April 28, 2015 in BBF
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Pakighilambigit. A Cebuano term for fellowship.

Pakighilambigit. A Cebuano term for fellowship.

A good theme for movies today is family or friendship. Take the movie, Avengers: Age of Ultron. No matter how diverse and powerful each of the individual is, they would have to work with one another to defeat a common enemy. In fact, it is when they work together when the audience grips their chairs and have the nail biting moments. In fact, in every comic, it shows the story of a hero, who would rise from obscure beginnings and then take on a challenge of saving the world. But it is more exciting when the heroes unite…to save the world.

If there’s one lesson we learn from this, it is…

A Christian can’t stand alone. Christians are called together, to minister to one another and to a fallen world.

We have been ransomed by Christ. The next step is not going out to the world and start battling evil. What should our response be?

(Read Hebrews 10:22-25 before you continue)

There are three things we notice in the passage we read. Take a look at the things we should be doing. Observe the three “let us” in the passage you just read.

#1 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.

The First “Let Us” is to draw near. As a believer, we are to draw near, that is to come closer, instead of going farther, we are called to come to a point of getting more closer to God, that is, with a heart in full assurance of faith. A heart that is not doubting but of trust. A heart that is pure (sprinkled clean from evil). So yes, we draw near to God in holiness.

The implication is quite simple. We, as Christians, can draw near to God but at the same time, must be consciously working towards holiness; that is, keeping ourselves free from sin as sin is what separates us from God.

#2 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.

The Second “Let Us” is to hold fast to what we believe in without wavering. What is this that we confess about? Do we really believe in what we claim to believe in? That Christ is indeed our Lord and Savior? Then hold fast to that. Don’t waver. We can cling on to Him because He is faithful.

The implication is this. We can hold on to what we believe in because He is faithful to keep us.

#3 Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

The third “let us” is where we would be discussing about fellowship. This is defined as (a) communion and (b) sharing what we have with one another. Hence, we stir up one another to love and good works. Knowing what Christ did makes us reach out to one another, and thus the writer of Hebrews is saying…don’t neglect meeting with one another.

Fellowship also means (c) partnership. We are conscious of who we partner with. How can we stir up one another if we don’t have the same Lord? That would be challenging.

Fellowship also means (d) giving up yourself for others. Christ set an example by laying down His life. We ought to follow the example of giving up ourselves for others. Sacrificial giving. Something that costs us. Indeed, if we really follow what it is to have Christ as Lord, we would be shocked that giving up for others is not a request, but a necessity in the Christian life.

So what benefit do we have in fellowshipping with one another? Pastor Grant Edwards placed it aptly in the book, Discipling Another to love Jesus, when he talked about fellowship…

1.) We support one another in difficult times (Gal. 6:1-2)
2.) We use our spiritual gifts to serve one another (1 Pet. 4:10)
3.) God answers our prayers when we walk together in unity (Matt. 18:19)
4.) It is a good testimony to non-Christians (John 17:20-21)

That is why we should not neglect to meet one another, but instead, encourage one another. I’d like to end this with an illustration…

A Christian is like a piece of coal, left alone, cools off immediately. But if placed with other burning coals, we remain hot and can do more.

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