Fellowship

This talk is about fellowship.  People do not realise how fundamental this is to salvation

Jesus does not use the word ‘fellowship’ when talking about His relationships to His people.  He calls them friends and/or disciples which is closer than fellowship.

Fellowship is a Greek word taken over by the Gospel writers to specifically refer to a gathering of Christians serving the purposes of God.
The fellowship relationship we have with other Christians is a fellowship relationship that is a result of the fellowship we have with God.

Salvation in a fellowship relationship with God (Jn 17:3).

It is being in this continual fellowship state with Jesus that results from Lordship and which gets us to heaven.

Proper fellowship requires Lordship and holiness to be in place.

A fellowship meeting has as a purpose for the meeting – the purposes of Jesus and The Kingdom of God.

If the purposes of Jesus and His kingdom are not the reason for the meeting then it is socializing.

We should acknowledge that when we fellowship, we meet for the purposes of Jesus and He is in our midst (Matth18-20) which means His is present and we should thank Him for honouring us with His presence.

Communion is a fellowship event as we meet to remember the redemption Jesus obtained for us that allows us to go to heaven. In heaven we will have perfect fellowship.  Fellowship requires two or more people to gather otherwise the fellowship is between you and Jesus

Any Time you talk alone to Jesus for His purposes it is fellowship, the most intimate and perfect fellowship you can have.  Otherwise it is intimacy for personal reasons.

Fellowship is so important  to the Christian life that we are t old not to neglect it.

Heb 10:24 And let us continue to consider how to motivate one another to love and good deeds, 

Heb 10:25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another even more as you see the day of the Lord coming nearer. 

This can only occur if our fellowship relationship with Jesus and The Father is in place as we will relate to other Christians how they relate to us.

The Holy Spirit is there 24/7 to guide you in this fellowship and intimacy so you need to be able to hear Him.