Fellowship

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Thank you Rosemary Jensen.

In John 1:3-4 we see John eager to tel his friends and associates hat he knows of Jesus – what he has “seen and heard”.  It seems that he could hardly wait to tell them, because by telling them what he knew of Jesus, he would promote fellowship with his friends.  True fellowship was what John wanted, and it is what we want too.  Fellowship is not just camaraderie, it is what two or more people experience when they have the same goals and desires when they think alike and communicate in such a way as to actually enter into the other’s experience.

John wanted this kind of communication with his friends.  It was as if he was saying to them, “Let me tell you what I have seen and heard of Jesus Christ so that we may have the same experience of him.”  Then he goes on to say that we will have this fellowship because we have fellowship with the same Father and Son Jesus Christ.  We fellowship with God (the Father and the Son), and He brings us into fellowship with each other.  He is the basis for our fellowship because together we are his life.

Are you eager to declare to your family and friends what you have “seen and heard” of Jesus Christ so that you may enter into true fellowship with them?  Telling them about Jesus (and also listening to them tell you!) is the most fulfilling experience you can have with other human beings.  Exchanging the knowledge of Jesus Christ with others will bring you greater joy than you can imagine.  At least that’s what John says in 1 John 1:4. “We write this to make our (and your) joy complete.”  Telling brings fellowship and fellowship brings joy.

Talking with others about Jesus is always  risky.  

They may label you a fanatic.  

You may risk turning them off.

But it is worth the risk, because it will bring that complete joy you desperately desire.

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10 Responses to “Fellowship”
  1. Nichole says:

    Love the pic and glad you found something that gives you joy.

  2. Candi says:

    Hi Debra, I just read your about page, so I feel I know you a little more now. I always love to read about Jesus, so thanks for posting.

  3. I love how you describe the difference between friendship and fellowship. “Fellowship is not just camaraderie, it is what two or more people experience when they have the same goals and desires when they think alike and communicate in such a way as to actually enter into the other’s experience.” That’s so powerful.
    Friendships come and go, grow and fade… but finding people we share Fellowship with is so much more rare… and special!

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