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July 31, 2015, 2:24 PM

Fellowship Are We Doing It Right??


The other day in Bible study we studied Philippians 3:4-12ish.

I was ready or so I thought. I was ready to talk about how we are to die to our flesh and not hold onto the old ways even when they are seen as good or even great, because we shall lose all to gain Christ. You know the normal stuff you get out of the first few verses. Well that is not what we focused on. That is not what God wanted us to understand deeper.

Today we talked about fellowship. Of all things, that is not what we were thinking was going to be the focus point.

So as we read the verses we got stuck on the topic of fellowship. What is fellowship? When do we do fellowship? Well as we read we got stuck on verse 10 where it says:

10. I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.

See that line that says fellowship of sharing in his sufferings? That is what caught us. The question at first was who is ready and willing to stand up with Jesus in His suffering? Then it was asked if fellowship was the best word to use? We then talked about. The example of a funeral was used. We fellowship at funerals don't we, that is a place of suffering most the time right?

That is where we started to open our hearts to realizing that fellowship, true fellowship means to be with each other in all times of life, NOT just around a table eating, or playing a game of cards. but it is about being together in everything we do.

So when Paul says he wants to fellowship with Jesus even in His suffering Paul is really understanding fellowship.

Fellowship is being there for people and focus on life together in the good and the bad. Not just the good. I want to leave you with a quote I found great.

“Has it ever occurred to you that one hundred pianos all tuned to the same fork are automatically tuned to each other? They are of one accord by being tuned, not to each other, but to another standard to which each one must individually bow. So one hundred worshipers met together, each one looking away to Christ, are in heart nearer to each other than they could possibly be, were they to become 'unity' conscious and turn their eyes away from God to strive for closer fellowship.”
― A.W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God

 

Are you in fellowship with anyone?

PJ

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