The importance of fellowship in a Christian walk.
If you’ve ever wondered why fellowship is important or what the Bible says about fellowship as you debated whether or not to join a small group, I hope that, by the time you are done reading this post, you’ll understand why spending time with other believers is critical to the believer’s walk.
Truly, though, fellowship is more than just being in present with other believers. Let’s take a look at why fellowship is important and what the Bible says about fellowship.
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. – 1 John 1:7
Why Fellowship Is Important
The Greek meaning for fellowship, from the word koinonia, expresses the idea of being together for mutual benefit.
In Hebrews 10:24-25, we read:
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
This definition includes two reasons that fellowship with other believers is important:
1.Expressing love toward others
A pat on the back, a hug, serving one another in love, are all ways that we express God’s love toward others. It is a physical demonstration of God’s love.
Though many believers today don’t recognize the importance of fellowship or local church involvement, Christian fellowship is essential to spiritual growth. Many aspects of our spiritual lives depend on being together with other believers to encourage, teach, serve, and share life together.
2.Encouraging good works
This definition, however, doesn’t include a third, very important reason why fellowship is important:
3. It’s impact on non-believers
Jesus expressed to His disciples, in John 13:35,
By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another”. How Christians show love to one another can influence others who may not know Jesus.
4. Encouragement for praying together
Early believers were committed to prayer, both individually and in groups. In James 5:14-16, elders were called together to pray for the sick as well as for those who had sinned. This required being together.
“Attending” worship service online is great when, for some reason, you aren’t able to make it to church (illness, travel, etc.) but, as you can see, God designed the church for fellowship and participation with a church fellowship is an integral part of our walk as Christians.
Types of Fellowship
Now that you know why fellowship is important, how can you find it and foster it? Fortunately, most churches provide ample opportunity to be in fellowship with other believers.
You can find fellowship nearly everywhere you look, but let’s focus on four main types of fellowship:
When we attend weekly worship service, we are praising, worshipping and praying with other believers. It helps to strengthen our faith and develop relationships with other believers.
with whom I once enjoyed sweet fellowship
at the house of God,
as we walked about
among the worshipers.
2. Small Groups
Small groups, often offered through the local church, provide a regular opportunity to fellowship with other believers. Some are based on a Bible study, others more social in nature. Some are organized around a theme or stage of life (for example, my husband and I lead one for married couples) and others are focused on ministry.
Small groups provide the opportunity to “do life together”. They are a group of people that you get to know on a deeper level than just saying “hello” at church each week. These small group members learn our struggles, our joys and pray for us as we learn to pray for them.
Small groups are the epitome of fellowship and the benefits we receive demonstrate exactly why fellowship is important.
“For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” – Matthew 18:20
3. Serving in Ministry
You can also enjoy fellowship with other believers by serving in ministry. Whether you are serving in your local food pantry or on a mission trip on the other side of the world, you are likely doing so with others. Rarely does ministry happen in a silo.
Serving alongside other believers brings people together who have the same heart and passion for others. It allows us to get to know each other by working side by side. Ministry is an important part of fellowship.
4. Social and Friendships
Whether your friends are around the corner or around the world, having like-minded friends is important to your walk. When we allow ourselves to be vulnerable and share what is on our hearts with other believers, we are strengthened and are demonstrating God’s love with each other.
Friendships are also important because they provide opportunities to enjoy activities together. Christian friends attending events and social activities that other believers enjoy gives us a chance to just be us. No societal pressure to drink like a fish or be put in situations that tempt us. The world provides enough of that. Christian friendships remove much of those uncomfortable situations.
And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. – Hebrews 13:16
To see if you are living what it means to be a godly friend, check out this article from one of the Women of Worth Cafe’s founders, “Are You A Godly Friend?”.
The early Christians clearly emphasized why fellowship is important. Acts notes:
And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” In the early church, “day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people” (Acts 2:46-47).
Women of Worth Fosters Fellowship
Women of Worth Cafe demonstrates why fellowship is important. The online community, prayer warriors and opportunity for discussing what matters most is a key component to our community and program. We believe that fellowship is important because the Bible tells us it is important. Our walk was never meant to be in solitude. To learn more about community and fellowship in Women of Worth Cafe, check out our About Page.