So, if you have been reading as of late we have been talking about the purpose of church. No discussion about church would be complete without talking about fellowship. Perhaps my views on this subject won’t line up with the statistical percentages, but given the numbers of different environments I have been in and the “church culture” particular that is seen today, I would have to say we have really lost the meaning of fellowship.
Today the culture places fellowship in high priority, even above teaching and preaching the word of God. Fellowship and discipleship have practically become synonyms, our ideas of fellowship consist primarily of gathering together, preferably around food, and having light-hearted conversations about the weather the children and the political climate, various up and coming church social events such as pot lucks, prayer meetings and pancake breakfasts, and of course sports related topics based on geography, time of year, and personal preferences.
These things in and of themselves aren’t inherently a bad thing, they just really miss the mark when you look at biblical examples of fellowship i.e. the book of Acts “Church” . ( emphasis mine) Due to the fact that the secular world along with its relativistic and humanistic mind sets has polluted our body. Oh I know this will likely label me a fundamentalist, I don’t mind that is what I am. I believe in absolutes, that truth whether we choose to believe it or not does not negate the fact that it is true.
In our wishy washy, pseudo caring composites of the body now fellowship, all is well because no real accountability exists, no responsibility is felt or acted upon and we can leave our after church coffee hour resting easy that we have fulfilled our need to participate with others of like precious faith.
No wonder the world around us looks at us with disdain or joins us like it was a bowling league, because we fit in so well with the culture around us it really does seem there is little to no difference at all.
I am not going to go into particulars about what fellowship is, if your really interested read the book of “Acts” and then come back and talk to me… pleasee. I won’t give up though in seeking, encouraging and lifting up the “Body” because the Church when it operates as it is meant to, brings Glory to God and through it changes the hearts of economies, politics and the hearts of men. I would love to talk about this more, I would even meet you for a coffee…