This question was posed to me when my husband and I decided to leave church. I pondered over my response to this statement, which led me to feel quite convicted within my heart. At the time of our decision to leave church, we had been directed by the Lord to concentrate on the ministry he had given us. Shane and I knew fellowship was important to us and our children but wondered how we would incorporate it in our lives. At the time it was Shane, myself and our four children, there was know one else except Our Lord Jesus Christ.
The definition of fellowship;
(The condition of sharing similar interests, ideals, or experiences, as by reason of profession, religion, or nationality.
The companionship of individuals in a congenial atmosphere and on equal terms.)
That sounds good, the above meaning is a good reflection of my family. We have the same interests, if you come into our home the atmosphere is loving and joyful. Plus we try to be on equal terms according to our walk with Christ.
Just then the Lord made me to realise that if we are to hold any ministry meetings, we should do so with the true meaning of fellowship in mind.
A place where all share and have similar interests and ideals in Our Lord God. Somewhere where the atmosphere is loving and joyful, moreover everyone is on equal terms. I realise that not all who come to the meetings will know about the Lord on the same level as the next person. But I hope whoever comes, comes with an open mind to want to learn about the Lord as we do.
I’m writing this blog because I feel that some churches have lost sight on what true fellowship is. They have an hierarchy system whereby the leaders at the top are lording themselves over the congregation. So much so that equality becomes an act practiced more within a work place than in the house of God.
Church can also be a place where issues according to the rules and doctrine of the church is forced on an individual, to the point of personal condemnation. Whereby they are striving so much to perfect the doctrine of the church. Instead of learning and drawing closer to Christ through His words and teachings.
Lets embrace true fellowship, which starts with the family. Look at the love you have for your children, the respect you have for your father and mother. The similar ideals and interests you share with your spouses. Embrace these values and bring them into your churches and then you will experience true fellowship.
God Bless you all.