Thought For The Week – 23rd May

FELLOWSHIP

As we emerge from lockdown, we have some very important decisions facing us. We have all got into new and different habits over the past year, and let’s face it we are creatures of habit. We have all listened to all the rules and advice from the government about keeping ourselves and others as safe as we possibly can.

As the lockdown lifts, and we take confidence in vaccinations, testing, track and trace and hands, face, space, but we have someone very powerful to be confident in, don’t we? We have our Saviour, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and we need not be afraid.

I want to share a little of what the Lord is saying to us with you today about FELLOWSHIP I believe that Fellowship is one of the great blessings of Christ’s church, we are a family of believers, the early church as described in Acts 2 v 42 devoted themselves to teaching, fellowship, sharing the Lord’s supper and prayer, they needed each other, they couldn’t do it alone and neither can we.

The blessings for the early church we all know about; the future of the church was in their hands. But those 4 aspects of worship; teaching, fellowship, communion and prayer are all equally important.

In 1 John 1 we are reminded by John of the things he saw with his own eyes so that we might have fellowship together, and fellowship with Jesus and The Father, we need to be together. In Matthew 16 v 18 Jesus Himself said I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

We need each other, when we are not together, we are far more likely to be getting involved with something that is not of God, and as we know the devil likes nothing better than to have us all splintered and split up.

Just one more scripture for us to consider, Hebrews 10 v24-25. Think of ways to encourage one another to outbursts of love and good deeds (I don’t know about you but I could do with a bit of that). And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage and warn each other, especially now that the day of his coming back is drawing near.

In both of those 2 verses we are told to encourage one another and that is so very important, and what better way to encourage one another than to meet up in church and fellowship groups if we possibly can, and if it is not possible for you to attend in person then please make sure that we know so that we can minister God’s love to you where you are in the best way for you.

We may soon be allowed to sit outdoors in your garden and share communion, prayer, God’s word and fellowship, if that would help you let us know and we can arrange it.

May God Bless You All

Love Gill Smith

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