Fellowship is a vital part of the believer’s relationship with God and his fellowman.
Therefore, no one is to be left out. When people come together, there are always differences of opinions, different ways of thinking.
We can and are intended to compliment one another rather than resent one another.
Remember God has a purpose for every individual He saves.
The main problem during the early church was for the Jew to accept the Gentile into his fellowship.
The Gentile had always been looked upon as a heathen and not worthy of fellowship.
11 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;
12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the
13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
Now the apostle Paul makes it clear that we are all to enjoy the fellowship we share in Christ.
Tonight I want to look at three aspects of our fellowship.
I. THE PRACTICE OF FELLOWSHIP
7 Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.
We are to receive openly
1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
2 It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments;
3 As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of
11 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.
5 And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.
37 Whosoever shall receive one of such children in my name, receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth not me, but him that sent me.
38 And John answered him, saying, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he followeth not us: and we forbad him, because he followeth not us.
39 But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me.
40 For he that is not against us is on our part.
41 For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.
3 Jn 1:9-10
9 I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not.
10 Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out of the church.
B. We are to receive inwardly.
2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
1 Thes 1:3-4
3 Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;
4 Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God.
1 Thes 3:12
12 And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you:
We are to receive one another into our life.
We want to accomplish God’s will as a church and to carry out the great commission with precision.
In order to do that we must work as a coherent team, depending upon one another, loving one another.
II. THE PATTERN OF FELLOWSHIP.
8 Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers:
12 And again, Esaias saith, There shall be a root of Jesse, and he that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles; in him shall the Gentiles trust.
A. We see in Christ a caring Servant.
1 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:
10 And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.
Here we see the Messiah, the root of Jesse, condescending to the Gentile.
Jesus came to earth in the fullness’ of time in order to bring salvation to all who will receive it.
He preached the Gospel, healed the afflicted, and finally laid down His life for those He loved.
8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Not because we were good to Him.
Not because we were deserving.
But, because He loved us.
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Jesus came to extend God’s mercy to all mankind.
He is willing to receive all who will call upon Him.
12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Jesus was a caring servant always looking out for others.
Jesus was converting souls.
Nichodemus came to him by night.
He forgave the woman taken in adultery, He healed the demonic, He led the woman at the well to salvation, all the Apostles were given opportunity for salvation, though Judas did not receive Christ, Christ gave him every opportunity, even washing his feet.
21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
23 And Jesus went about all
11 For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.
12 How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray?
13 And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray.
14 Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.
28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
III. THE PRAISE OF FELLOWSHIP
We are to rejoice together.
10 And again he saith, Rejoice, ye Gentiles, with his people.
4 When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holyday.
12 Rejoice in the LORD, ye righteous; and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.
B. Rejoice in trust
1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
C. Rejoice in hope
9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.
1 Cor 15:19
19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.
5 For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel;
8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.