21-Day Growth Challenge | Day Seven: "The Positive Power of Fellowship"

Saturday, January 09, 2010 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Key Verse
Hebrews 10:24, And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25] not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.

Seven Reasons Why Believers Join Together in Fellowship

1. Christians are a reflection to the world of the reality and unity of the Godhead
John 17:21, "that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.

2. Our place in the body of Christ defines our purpose and adds significance to our lives.
Romans 12:4, For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, 5] so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.6] Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them:

3. There are levels of the grace and anointing from God that are only available in corporate gatherings of God’s people.
Acts 4:31, And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.

Psalms 133:1, Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brethren to dwell together in unity! 2] It is like the precious oil upon the head, Running down on the beard, The beard of Aaron, Running down on the edge of his garments.3] It is like the dew of Hermon, Descending upon the mountains of Zion; For there the LORD commanded the blessing--Life forevermore.

4. Fellowship raises our level of holiness and reduces our temptation to sin.
1 John 1:5, This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. 6] If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.7] But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

5. Coming together removes a self-centered focus. We avoid an independent spirit.
Proverbs 18:1, A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire; he rages against all wise judgment. 2] A fool has no delight in understanding, but in expressing his own heart.

6. When we join together, we are able to empathize with others
1 Corinthians 12:26, And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.

7. We can demonstrate the true nature of covenant love
1 John 3:18, My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.19] And by this we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him.

1 Samuel 18:3, Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul. 4] And Jonathan took off the robe that was on him and gave it to David, with his armor, even to his sword and his bow and his belt.

In your prayer time, reflect on the seven reasons for fellowship and ask God to help you become more faithful in any area which may be lacking.

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