CHRIST LIFE CHURCH
SWORD OF THE SPIRIT MINISTRIES
Introduction: When you are born again, you become a member of a family, God’s family. Hence, your are to share intimately with other members of the same family, particularly in a locality. This gathering together of the believers is referred to in the Bible as the Church, the Assembly of Believers on the Fellowship of Brethren.
Every believer needs the fellowship of other believers: It is here that we are built together as a holy habitation for God. A believer that does not fellowship with others misses a lot. This is why you should understand what the Bible says about Believers Fellowship and identify with a local church.
1. The Need For Fellowship
(a) To provoke one another to love and good works and exhort one another to holy living in preparation for the coming of Christ. Heb. 10:24 – 25.
(b) To build up one another’s faith – Rom:10:17
(c) To enjoy the corporate anointing and all the blessings that comes with it. Ps113:2-3
(d) To enjoy quick answers to prayers and greater manifestation of the power of God – Mal. 3:16; Matt. 18:18 – 20.
(e) To enhance walking in the fear of God through right association. Ps. 119:63
(f) 1 Cor. 15:33.
(g) To obey the command of God that we should fellowship with other believers. Heb. 10:25.
What the family setting is to the proper growth of a child, the church is to the spiritual growth of a believer. There is no time in a believer’s life that he overgrows being a part of a church. Every believer should identify with a local church.
2. What To Expect In A Believers’ Fellowship (Local Church)
(a) Divine love-sharing and the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Ps. 133:1; Acts 2:42 – 47
(b) The presence and the power of God to save help and heal. Deut. 23:12 – 14; 2 Cor. 6:16.
(c) Power and encouragement to holy living, deliverance and possessing of possessions. Obadiah 1:17 – 18.
(d) Confirmation of the word of God in diverse ways and unity among brethren. Acts 4:31 – 35.
While you expect to be loved and encouraged in the church, you also owe a duty to other believers to love them, give to them and pray for them. It is when you love other believers that it is confirmed that you have passed from death to life. I Jn. 3:14 – 15. Anyone not walking in love has enough reasons to doubt his salvation. So make up your mind to walk in love and bless others. It is also part of your responsibilities to give your substance for the work of the Kingdom.
3. Who Do We Fellowship With?
The gathering of believers is more that a social gathering. Whenever we gather, we share fellowship with:
(a) God the Father – I Jn. 1:3; John 14:23
(b) God the Son – I Jn 1:3; Matt. 18:20
(c) God the Holy Spirit – Rom. 8:9; 2 Cor. 13:14
(d) The brethren – I John 1:3; Acts 1:14; 2:1
4. Whom Not To Fellowship With
You are to be cautious of whom you fellowship with. You are not to fellowship with sets of people, most especially if not found in the church.
(a) The ungodly, sinners and the scornful – Ps. 1:1
(b) Workers of iniquity, evil doers and the wicked – Ps. 6:8;26:5
(c) False teachers – I Tim. 6:3-5
(d) The infidel, idolaters and fornicators – I Cor. 9:5-11
(e) The disorderly – 2 Thess. 3:6
(f) Unbelievers, unrighteousness, Belial – 2 Cor. 6:14
The blessings accruing to the Christian that takes the believers’ fellowship seriously is enormous. God does not intend that you do it alone; you need the encouragement and support of other members of God’s family.
Memory Verse: “And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near. Heb. 10:25.NLT