Did you hear about the Sunday School teacher who asked his class about prayers at meal time? The teacher asked little Johnny, “Do you say prayers before eating?” “No sir,” Johnny replied, “We don’t have to—my mom is a good cook!” Every church I have served is full of good cooks! In fact, just the mention of Fellowship Hall whets my appetite because in our church, as in many churches, the word “fellowship” is commonly associated with food. We all love to eat!
However, Biblical fellowship, or koinonia in Greek, actually refers to the sharing of common life, a bond of love and unity that keeps God’s people one. I believe the fellowship in our church is one of our greatest assets. There are lots of churches that fuss and fight over almost everything. Listen to what Dr. Darrell Robinson says in his book Total Church Life about fellowship:
“A church will never grow beyond its fellowship. If the fellowship is right, the church will continue to minister, witness in love, be built up in maturity and in number. But if the fellowship is not right, the church will decline and eventually die. If the fellowship is right, the church can work through any problem and continue to grow. Building the fellowship is crucial to the growth of a church.”
When we sing “There’s a sweet, sweet Spirit in this place” and really mean it, and live accordingly, God has the freedom to work in and through us. 1 John 1:7 says, “If we walk in the light as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another…” “Walking in the light” means walking in obedience to the Lord, in holiness, faithfulness, unselfishness, and righteousness. As we enter a new “interim” period for our church and begin seeking a new pastor, let’s preserve and continue to build our fellowship!