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
  • 02
    Aug
    USA Northeast Summer Retreat 2019

    The Northeast Region Summer Retreat 2019 will be held in Dover, New York from August 2nd till 4th.

  • 01
    Aug
    Olivet Teen Mission Int’l Summer Camp

    Int’l Summer Camp in Asia Pacific Olivet Center

  • 01
    Jul
    OLI 2019 Commencement

    OLI 2019 commences on July 1st, 2019 and will continue for four weeks.

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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