We recently organized a camping trip for the upper primary students that I teach at church. My family loves camping so I thought that camping would be a nice experience and outing for them. The aim of the outing was to promote fellowship between parents, teachers and children so that they can get to know each other better. Altogether there were 21 people who joined the outing.
“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” (1 Thess 5:11, NIV)
In order for us to grow in our faith, we must have love and encourage others. Within the church, there are opportunities for believers to show love and support for each other. One of the reasons for fellowship together in the church is to encourage and build one another up. A word of encouragement offered at the right time can make the difference between finishing well and collapsing along the way.
“Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.’ ” (Jn 8:12)
Light represents goodness, purity, holiness, and truth. Darkness represents sin, evil, and Satan. As the light of the world, Jesus brings light to mankind. When we follow Jesus Christ, the light of the world, we can avoid walking blindly and falling into sin. Confession of our sins restores our fellowship with God. Walking in the light is the key to having fellowship with God and experiencing intimacy with Him.
Practically speaking, what does it mean to “walk in the light” and not “in darkness”? Continue reading
“God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” (1 Cor 1:9)
We often use the term ‘fellowship’ among a group of people having common interests, ideals, or experiences. There are several fellowship groups formed in the church such as youth fellowship, sister fellowship, senior or evergreen fellowship, and so on. Have we thought of having fellowship with our Lord Jesus Christ? True Christian fellowship is made possible only by and through a living relationship with God.
How can we have fellowship with God? In 1 John, the apostle John explains what it means to have fellowship with God. He explains how believers can walk in God’s light and have fellowship with Him and one another (1 Jn 1:7). Continue reading