It’s time to reclaim a word that’s been misused and trivialized for far too long.
Contrary to what some may think, fellowship isn’t red punch and cookies in the church basement. It also isn’t something that happens after the service when people stand around in conversation. Nor is it “We’re having Bill and Sheila over after church to watch the Bears’ game and have some fellowship.”
Those can all be good, but they aren’t what the Bible is talking about when it uses fellowship to describe the force that was critical in holding the early church together, as “they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship…” (Acts 2:42).
The truth is, some of the deepest joys in life come from the life-giving activity of biblical fellowship. But too many among us aren’t experiencing it often enough with their small groups. And it’s not going to happen over mere chitchat or an occasional potluck.
We’re taking back fellowship—and that starts with understanding what the word really means. Fellowship is active participation in a common interest. Another way to think of it is this simple phrase…Uncommon Community.
It’s all about living for and with one another. And it involves a level of interdependence and transparency that the world has no idea how to attain.
Fellowship leaves appearances at the door and goes for authenticity—over the long haul. It’s easy to stay at the surface, or to simply withdraw when we get uncomfortable. But the greater glory is given to Jesus Christ when we pursue and persevere in relationships based on Him.
And as we continue to press on in life and grow in love together, we will experience something amazing, that only God can do.
So, no more anonymity or superficial friendships. Let’s commit to pursuing “uncommon community” in our church, and discover what it means to live in fellowship—together.