Fellowship

The church is sometimes called a fellowship; it is a network of relationships. We all need to give and to receive fellowship. We all need to give and receive love. Fellowship means a lot more than talking to each other about sports, gossip and news. It means sharing lives, sharing emotions, bearing one another’s burdens, encouraging one another and helping those who have need.

God made us social creatures. We want to interact with other people. If a person's social life does not center around the church, he will be tempted to socialize in places with not nearly as positive an atmosphere as the church. The church gives the members plenty of opportunities to fellowship with one another. True fellowship always includes the Father and the Son of God. If the presence of God is not real in the fellowship, it will be nothing more than a social club.

The First Church did not need to emphasize fellowship — they formed them naturally. The reason we find it necessary to emphasize them today is that society has changed so much. To form the interpersonal connections that ought to be part of Christian churches, we need to go out of our way to establish Christian friendship/study/prayer circles.

Events
  • 28
    Oct
    27th General Assembly

    World Olivet Assembly announced its annual 27th General Assembly to be held in headquarters in Dover Plains, New York

  • 25
    Oct
    13th Anniversary of Elim Center International

    Elim leaders from around the world are scheduled to gather in Kirkwood, New York on October 25th.

  • 30
    Aug
    Nehemiah Project in New York

    Nehemiah Project in New York holds conference for Olivet Centers managers and staff to share reports and plans towards 2020 tasks from August August 30th until September 2nd.

Devotion

Paul’s attitude and philosophy of his mission work are clearly stated in this verse; he served and worked as “a servant of Christ.” A servant, doulos in Greek, was a term Paul used to indicate his self-identity as he served the Lord.
A voluntary life of devotion and sacrifice for God's Kingdom was a basis of every work he did. He confessed, "Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone...

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