“It’s just amazing that we can be here with so many other Christians!”
My friend and I were at an international Camporee for Pathfinders (the youth group of Seventh-Day Adventists all around the world). We were camping in another state with over 50,000 people and were on fire for what we would learn and accomplish that week.
Just the thought of being with thousands of youth who believed the Bible and were excited about serving God was overwhelming!
Being in Pathfinders has presented me with countless opportunities to fellowship with other Christians. We spend time together, go on camp-outs, and make our way to the international Camporee every 5 years.
Truth be told, being with other like-minded Christians has encouraged me to keep going, even when it gets tough. Pathfinders isn’t the only group that has made a difference though. Church plays a huge role in keeping my faith strong.
I’ve known many Christians who prefer to stay home and watch a sermon rather than go to church. While there’s nothing wrong with streaming a church service every once in a while, is does take away a key component of the Christian walk; fellowship.
Is Christian Fellowship Really Necessary?
Over the years, I’ve found 2 major reasons why Christian fellowship is a must in our lives.
1. We Bear One Another’s Burdens
“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:24-25)
Each one of us are on our own journeys. We have different temptations, different struggles, and different lives. We can’t go through life on our own and expect to stay strong.
Yes, it’s true that, even if we aren’t always around Christians, God can and will help us. However, He created us with a longing for community and encouragement.
When we need someone to be there, we can count on each other. When we feel tempted, we can count on each other to pull us out. We can remind each other the reasons why we keep on going and we can be a shoulder to cry on when it’s hard.
James 5:16 says “Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”
Bearing one another’s burdens also has great healing power. When we pray for each other, God pays attention! The “prayer of a righteous person has great power”.
2. We Serve and Worship Together
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” (Colossians 3:16)
There’s something special about coming together every Sabbath to worship and praise God. When we, as a church family, come together and use our gifts to serve the Lord and learn more about Him, it gives us the encouragement and “spiritual boost” we need for the week.
Not to mention, God says in Matthew 18:20 that where, two or three, are gathered in His name, He is in the midst of them. Isn’t that amazing? Each time we join together, God is with us!
Another key point is that Jesus went to church. Multiple times, in the New Testament, it says that Jesus went to the synagogue, “as was His custom”. Going to church was a regular part of Jesus’ life! Shouldn’t that make it a priority to us?
Christian fellowship isn’t a suggestion; it’s an instruction of God.
If you’re not involved in your church, I encourage you to start! The church needs you just as you need them. God has tremendous blessings in store when we come together to share His love.