Published July 1, 2017 by Janice Millirons Hayman in Deacons Corner

Yes, “Christian Fellowship” is an integral part of church life. We all need it, whether we like to admit it or not, especially as Christians!

Acts 2:42 42 “They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”

There is something powerful about having fellowship and camaraderie with one another that helps us get through the bumps and bruises of life.

One reason being with others is so helpful, especially as we go through difficult times is that we begin to realize in the course of conversation that there are others who have been through many of the things we are going through, and have held on to Christ victoriously through it all! We gain strength when we realize we don’t have to walk through things alone.

Some might argue that they have tried church, and found it to be failing, and even though they didn’t expect “perfection,” they at least hoped for something close! If all we are doing as the body of Christ is looking to avoid conflict, then we’re probably not really enjoying the Christian life.

Bill Hybels said this: “The mark of community–true biblical unity–is not the absence of conflict but the presence of a reconciling spirit.”

We want to encourage you today to make regular Church attendance a goal, and then work to achieve that goal! We believe that as you dedicate yourself to something that God clearly approves of, and yes, even commands, then you will begin to find greater joy and fulfillment in life.

Hebrews 10:24-25 24 “and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, 25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.”

We live in a challenging day, yet there is nothing quite as powerful as the strength we receive from the Lord as we gather together with His body in fellowship and worship.

Blessings in Christ,
The Deacon Ministry – Southside Baptist Church
Bob Lear
Tommy Gardner