On Sunday, Bob drew a great distinction between friendship and fellowship. Like he said, friendships aren’t bad. Having common interest helps us create relational dynamics, but a fellowship is different.
Having been involved in team sports for years, I can attest to the difference between friendships and a fellowship. My college basketball team was a fellowship. I would do anything for my teammates and I’m positive they’d do anything for me. It’s real.
I think it’s because we went through it all together. We experienced winning, losing, heartbreaks, all of it. We ran our guts out on hot, August afternoons. We returned from road trips way past midnight, knowing that we all had to get to class the next morning on very little rest. We know what it’s like to have a coach yelling at us whether it was “our fault” or not. We have been through it, but we did it together. There is nothing like that kind of camaraderie. We’ve seen one another at our strongest and weakest moments.
I bet that’s the case with each of you, too. Even if you’ve never played sports, you know how it feels to have someone walking with you through a deep, tough time. I think that’s actually just the beginning of a fellowship. Fellowship is more than just being real and present with one another. We were also a team.
Do you know what the difference between a group and a team is? A common goal. A group has a common interest but team strives together to achieve a goal. Is your friend group a bunch of people who like Jesus and maybe talk about him a little or is it a team that longs to see God’s glory in our hearts, fire in our bellies and his kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven?
A fellowship is a like-minded group striving toward the spiritual battles (Phil. 2:2).
Do you have friendships or do you have Christian fellowship? Fellowships stir one another on toward love and good deeds (Hebrews 10:24-25). Fellowships challenge one another, hold one another accountable and show up when things get tough. Do you have any friends who consistently ask you about your heart and your relationship with the Lord? Do you talk about sin with them? If you talk about these things with your friends, then, you just might have a fellowship brewing.
In the days of Facebook friendships, it’s easy to call someone a friend, but everyone longs for true fellowship. There are a number of ways to find fellowship at OMPC. But simply joining a group is no guarantee. Fellowship takes time and it can be scary. But it’s worth it. True fellowship has changed my life. Please consider joining a Life Group, a Bible study or any of these listed on our website and pray for those relationships to become a fellowship.
Posted: 8.28.2017 in Women’s Ministry Share: