Together, we show all of God's graces and God’s love to the world. Not one of us is perfect or complete, but together we become God to those around us.
Christians who are serious about spiritual growth are also serious about the Body of Christ. Growth is never a matter of mere individual pursuit of God. It is always pictured as something we pursue as a community. The importance of fellowship for growth is seen, not just in experience, but all throughout the Scripture. Fellowship is an important part of our faith. Coming together to support one another is an experience that allows us to learn, gain strength, and show the world exactly what God is.
Together, we show all of God's graces and God’s love to the world. Not one of us is perfect or complete, but together we become God to those around us. Each of us has been given specific spiritual gifts, but alone they are not as strong. When we come together in fellowship - bringing those gifts together, we become stronger as one body. No matter where we are in our faith, fellowship provides us with strength. Being around other believers helps us to learn and to grow in our faith. Fellowship is food for our souls and helps to shield us from the hardness of the world.
Coming together is a great way for us to grow in our faith. Time with one another is a great way to get closer to God, because God shines through our lives. We each have something important to share with one another. When we come together in fellowship, we learn from each other and we grow stronger in our faith and in our gifts. We strengthen each other to live as God wants us to live, and together we walk in His footsteps. Together we are the body and ministry of Christ in the world.
Fellowship with the community is an exercise of love bringing us toward spiritual maturity. Our relationship with the church is the gauge of our spirituality. Our love towards our brothers and sisters is the measure of our love for God. Saint John wrote in his first epistle, “If we love one another, God abides in us, and his love is perfected in us.”
Fellowship with the body of Christ is not just an option, but is critical to our continued survival as Christians. Fellowship with the body of Christ is where love is tested and proven. It is the opportunity to learn how to love one another. It is God’s womb for the growth of Christian character. We benefit by both the strengths and weaknesses of the fellowship. The mature ones strengthen and encourage us, while the weaknesses in the less mature push us to grow in patience, long-suffering, gentleness, and meekness. Come, fellow Christians, and let us grow together!