• Jack Selcher

What Is Christian Fellowship?


Christian fellowship is far more than sharing a potluck dinner. It’s sharing Christ’s life together. Fellowship is a choice. The early Christians “devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer” (Acts 2:42, NIV).


Working together with other believers to further God’s Kingdom brings joy and pain. The Apostle John focuses on joy in 1 John 1:3–4. Sometimes, however, fellowship brings pain. We let each other down. We poke each other with our porcupine quills when we get close. God shapes us as we love other imperfect people. He provides enough grace to get the job done.


Fellowship is God’s workshop. He uses it to grind away our pride, self-centeredness and self-importance. In the New Testament many “one another” and “each other” verses portray love in action.


Be at peace with each other (Mark 9:50). Wash one another’s feet (John 13:14). Love one another (John 13:34). Be devoted to one another with mutual affection. Honor one another above yourselves (Romans 12:10). Live in harmony with one another (Romans 12:16). Stop passing judgment on one another (Romans 14:13). Agree with one another (1 Corinthians 1:10). Have equal concern for each other (1 Corinthians 12:25). Serve one another in love (Galatians 5:13). Don’t be conceited or provoke and envy each other (Galatians 5:26). Carry each other’s burdens (Galatians 6:2). Be patient, bearing with one another in love (Ephesians 4:2).


Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other... (Ephesians 4:32). Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs (Ephesians 5:19). Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ (Ephesians 5:21). Do not lie to each other (Colossians 3:9). Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another(Colossians 3:13). Teach and admonish one another with all wisdom (Colossians 3:16). Encourage one another and build each other up (1 Thessalonians 5:11).


Live in peace with each other (1 Thessalonians 5:13). Always try to be kind to each other (1 Thessalonians 5:15). Encourage one another daily (Hebrews 3:13). Spur one another on toward love and good deeds ...encourage one another(Hebrews 10:24–25). Do not slander or grumble against one another (James 4:11, 5:9). Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other (James 5:16). Live in harmony with one another...love one another (1 Peter 3:8). Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling (1 Peter 4:9). Clothe yourselves with humility toward one another (1 Peter 5:5).


God has designed the church to feed, mature, shelter and reproduce the faith. We’re each sanding blocks and God is the builder. Christian fellowship is life rubbing against life to nurture what’s Christ-like and remove what isn’t. #freechristiandiscipleshipresources #freeevangelismresources #freechristianleadershipresources #fellowship


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