Friday, October 23, 2009

True fellowship following the sermon

What is true Christian fellowship?
“Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”- Galatians 6:2
And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone. Thessalonians 5:14
But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness.
Hebrews 3:13
Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:25

As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17

Paul Washer asked this question: "How many times do you talk more about sports then about how the sermon applies to your life after the service?"

There simply can't be an exercise more vital to church then this, otherwise you might as well have church at home. If nothing goes past the surface then how can we call ourselves a 'body'. If the only time we are concerned about each other is when we are suffering physically then what more is that then what the world does (for they express concern about that, and even help out)?? How can such a thing as this be cultivated?? More meetings? Perhaps, but more importantly we are in dire need of examples by those in leadership (we need more cutting to the chase talks) for if the leadership can move from the sermon to the vain, to sports, to mere chit-chat then it would only seem natural for the congregation to follow.

It seems that many put 'God-talk' into church time slots, like during bible study or prayer service, and then it's back to 'ordinary' convo. Whereas it must be admitted that the best study classes etc.. are the ones that carry on after the class, that unfortunately is quite rare. I simply don't understand the teacher who can switch so easily once they are 'off the clock', the musician who doesn't ever talk like he/she plays or sings, when will the circus stop?
It's one thing to pray/look for divine opportunities in regards to witnessing to lost people, but have you ever considered praying for such open doors in your conversation with other believers? Have you ever cried out to God, "Lord, please don't let this Sunday be normal, let it be fruitful, that I may receive from my brothers and sisters and that I may give to them, may you bless me this service with humility, with wisdom, with discernment, with compassion, and with boldness, Holy Spirit have your way!"

Elders, Ministers, Pastors, let me ask you this, are you following this command?
Pro 27:23 Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds.
Do you know more than their co-workers, something beyond the obvious? Can you honestly say you would notice if they were slipping away, or growing in Christ? How's their witness? How's their theology? How's their marriage? Are they single, then have you given sound advice as to their search for a mate (like not dating, like making wise boundaries, like what to look for), How is their parenting is going (are they teaching their children, are they biblically training their children), how's their devotional life, what are their gifts (are they being encouraged to use them), etc...


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