Fellowship

1. Why is it important to be in fellowship with God?

Another word for fellowship is companionship which means friendship. God is our Father, but He’s also our friend. (1 Corinthians 15:33- Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”) If you’re always hanging out with people who do bad things, you’ll start doing bad things too, just like the more time we spend with God, the more we’ll start acting like Him. God is not only our friend, but He’s the greatest friend we will always have. (Proverbs 18:24- There are “friends” who pretend to be friends, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.) One thing people don’t realize though is sin separates us from God. (Matthew 27:46- About three o’clock, Jesus shouted, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”) The reason God had to turn His back on Jesus was because He took our sins, all of them and our sins separated Him from God. God had to turn His back on His own Son, for us.

Isaiah 53

2. Why is important to be in fellowship with other believers?

Fellowship is friendly association, especially with people who share one's interests. As believers our interest is Christ. It’s so important to hang out with likeminded believers because that and reading my word has really been really helpful in my growth.

Genesis 2:18-24

Acts 2:42-47

Acts 4:32-37

Another reason it’s good to be in fellowship with other believers is so that they can keep you lifted and encouraged. I googled “what does iron sharpens iron mean” because I wanted a good definition that’ll break it down for me and on gotquestions.org it says: Answer: The phrase “iron sharpens iron” is found in Proverbs 27:17: “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” There is mutual benefit in the rubbing of two iron blades together; the edges become sharper, making the knives more efficient in their task to cut and slice. Likewise, the Word of God is a “double-edged sword” (Hebrews 4:12), and it is with this that we are to sharpen one another—in times of meeting, fellowship, or any other interaction. (Hebrews 4:12- For the word of God is living and active and full of power [making it operative, energizing, and effective]. It is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating as far as the division of the soul and spirit [the completeness of a person], and of both joints and marrow [the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and judging the very thoughts and intentions of the heart.) No, we’re not perfect but we should strive to be like Jesus who was, but even though we know we’re not perfect, sometimes the guilt of our sins just eat us up and it turns into us condemning ourselves. One thing I really recommend is to have at least one person who you can confide in and that will hold you accountable. (James 5:16- Admit your faults to one another and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous man has great power and wonderful results.)

Psalm 51

David was a man after God’s own heart and if you’ve read all of Psalms you’d see that He was really going through it. The guilt from his sins were really eating him alive and he felt like God was far away.

Psalm 13

We should be there for our brothers and sisters in Christ and when they do fall short, we should lift them up.

(Ephesians 6:1-3- Dear brothers, if a Christian is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help him back onto the right path, remembering that next time it might be one of you who is in the wrong. Share each other’s troubles and problems, and so obey our Lord’s command. If anyone thinks he is too great to stoop to this, he is fooling himself. He is really a nobody.)

3. What is one thing you’ve learned as a Christian?

One thing I’ve learned as a Christian is how important it is to be selfless. Jesus is our greatest example because He was always thinking about and making sure others were okay. (Philippians 2:3-4- Don’t be selfish; don’t live to make a good impression on others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourself. Don’t just think about your own affairs, but be interested in others, too, and in what they are doing.) Selfless means to be concerned more with the needs and wishes of others than with one's own; unselfish.

Acts 5:1-10

(Hebrews 13:16- Don’t forget to do good and to share what you have with those in need, for such sacrifices are very pleasing to him.) (1 John 3:17- But if someone who is supposed to be a Christian has money enough to live well, and sees a brother in need, and won’t help him—how can God’s love be within him?)

Luke 10:25-37

A Jewish priest and a Jewish temple assistant both didn’t help, but a Samaritan, someone who Jews despised still had pity on the Jew. As Christians were supposed to love as Christ loves. One thing I did when I got saved was I asked God for a heart like Him and the way I treat people has definitely changed.

(1 Timothy 5:8- But anyone who won’t care for his own relatives when they need help, especially those living in his own family, has no right to say he is a Christian. Such a person is worse than the heathen.)

Matthew 5:43-47

Matthew 25:31-46

This is just a reminder to be in fellowship with God and likeminded believers. Ask yourself: How often am I in fellowship with other believers? Also, we need to make sure that we’re always lending a helping hand when we can. Sometimes God tests us just to see what we will do. If you can help someone, help them.

(Hebrews 13:2- Don’t forget to be kind to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it!)

4. What did you get out today’s lesson?