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Make it a priority

Acts 2:41-47. “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer” (Acts 2:42). In a campus Christian fellowship years ago, young Bro Fred attended fellowship regularly. In addition he was always the first to be seated before others arrived, unaware that other members noticed. His commitment and consistency challenged many brethren whose attitude to attendance to fellowship changed for good. We can recover this zeal of the early church in their commitment to fellowship with one another because it doesn’t appear to be a priority to many at this time in the Church age. Worse still the added outcomes of Covid 19 pandemic seem to have altered the nature of attendance to fellowships and even Sunday church services. Fellowship with God and with other Christians is very important. The word fellowship is from the Greek word Koinonia defined as “holding something in common”. Some who say they are Christians do not consider attendance to fellowship a necessity because they say Christianity is in the heart and God can be worshipped anywhere. This attitude can give rise to excuses for ignoring fellowships and even attendance to Sunday services. Fellowship organized by the Church in any form such as mid-week fellowships, prayer bands or meetings, bible study and discipleship classes, AYF, EFAC, etc, or similar others like the SU are designed to build up our love for God, and the spiritual lives of members, and the love it displays to others. It is also not enough to rely on attending Sunday services only because what we learn on Sunday services will be deepened when fellowship is made an essential part of Christian life for our walk and work with the Lord.
Every earnest Christian must not neglect attendance to fellowships. If we give greater attention to attending village meetings, alumni meetings, social club meetings, etc, must we neglect attendance to fellowship meetings? Some Christians have placed more values in attending these meetings over Christian fellowships. Some have maintained that in their meetings there is some level of devotion at least there is opening and closing prayers. True! But attendance to Christian fellowships will help a member to stand for Christ, make a huge difference and be a light in those social meetings or traditional gatherings. Christian fellowship is meant for everyone. The reason for house or family fellowships and others such as hospital, prison, market place and youth fellowships to be established is to give everyone opportunity to encounter Christ and live for Christ. On the judgment day, no one will give excuse that he did not hear the gospel of Jesus Christ which gives eternal life to anyone who believes. A woman testified how for no reason she skipped fellowship and unfortunate incidence happened while at home. She confessed it wouldn’t have happened if she had been in fellowship that day. First John 1:7 says, “If we walk in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin.
The essence of fellowship is being together and it does affect our spiritual growth and maturity and building up love for each other. Fellowship holds Christians together and should be demonstrated in many different ways because it’s all about one another as the apostles have admonished. We demonstrate that we are truly part of the Christian fellowship when its principles are obeyed and are visible in several ways in the lives of the members as the Scripture has commanded viz. Accept one another (Rom. 15:7); through love serve one another (Gal. 5:13) , encourage and edify one another (1 Thess. 5:11); be kind and forgive one another (Eph. 4:32); admonish one another (Col. 3:16; Heb. 3:13); confess your sins to one another (James 5:16); be hospital to one another (1 Peter 4:9); avoid what will make one another to stumble (Rom. 14:15); correct one another in love (Gal. 6:1). Christian fellowship is not only for the good of each other but most importantly through fellowship God’s Kingdom continues to grow. As Apostle exhorts, “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more as you see the Day approaching” (Hebrews 10:24-25).

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