Connected through Christ
Whenever Christians gather, they do so in the name of Jesus. He is the hidden guest at every congregational meeting, potluck dinner, church softball game, or Sunday School picnic. Read these passages (Acts 2:43-47, Ephesians 4:1-6 and 1 John 4:7-21) and ask yourself these questions:
- What makes a group of Christians unlike any other group of people?
- How is the focus of your congregational fellowship different from a club, sports team or committee?
Fellowship is a choice
Christian fellowship helps us on our spiritual journey because in it we find persons who have a genuine desire to help us grow and from whom we learn about our faith. We cannot be faithful followers of Jesus Christ in isolation. Jesus surrounded himself with others who would be a support system. John Wesley once said “If they heart be as my heart, give me thy hand.” Wesley strongly believed that in Christian fellowship, God’s grace was made known to us through simply fellowshipping with other believers. This week, enjoy a time of relaxed fellowship with others in your faith community.
Put into practice
- Take time each day this week to pray for members of your faith community.
- Write out the names of those persons who have supported you in your spiritual growth or shared their own faith journeys with you. Spend time in prayer each day this week thanking God for their fellowship with you.
- Using any art form you enjoy, fashion a representation of how you see Christian fellowship.