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Fellowship With Others 

 March 28, 2020

By  Trey Murray

Iron sharpens iron

I believe God created fellowship for mutual benefit. It helps us stay humble and strengthens us. In fact, when God was creating Eve, he said about Adam "It is not good for man to live alone".

Iron sharpens iron, and one person sharpens another.

Proverbs 27:17 (CSB)

We should be in fellowship with one another as often as possible. This ensures that we are keeping with God's commandments and so we can encourage one another to grow in our faith

Teaching newer believers about God

Mentor

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The first reason we should be in fellowship with other believers is to pass down instruction to newer believers. If you are a believer reading this now, do you remember when you were a new Christian? Maybe you were a child, or perhaps you were a bit older. Try to remember what it was like.

Did you know what to do immediately? Were you intimidated by the Bible? Did praying come naturally?

Of course not. Some of you may have had a strong Christian mentor. I hope this was the case for you. I know in my own experience, I didn't until I was well into college. By then, I had so many bad habits that I am still trying to break free from some of the sin in my life.

What you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, commit to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.

2 Timothy 2:2 (CSB)

Mentoring others ensures that newer believers don't fall into the same pitfalls you did. It also allows them to share in the joy of your victories.

Introducing children to God

Children should be introduced to God by a multitude of adults in their life. It is true that their parents should be teaching them about God, but if they are not Christian or perhaps they are not as strong in their faith, it also falls on the community of believers to train the children up.

Start a youth out on his way; even when he grows old he will not depart from it.

Proverbs 22:6 (CSB)

Children should be introduced to God by a multitude of adults in their life. It is true that their parents should be teaching them about God, but if they are not Christian or perhaps they are not as strong in their faith, it also falls on the community of believers to train the children up.

Children should never be underestimated

There is a belief that was prevalent while I was growing up that said children should be seen and not heard. I know this is an long held idea, and it is one I have never agreed with.

While I was told at times that this idea is Biblical, it is actually in contradiction with scriptures.

Don’t let anyone despise your youth, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.

1 Timothy 4:12 (CSB)

That being said, listen well children. This verse frees you to be bold in your faith, but you should still respect others and subject yourself to church elders, parents, and other adults who have more experience living and walking with God.

In the same way, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. All of you clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because:

God resists the proud
but gives grace to the humble.


Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your cares on him, because he cares about you.

1 Peter 5:5-7 (CSB)

Fellowship with others has many advantages

Fellowship is important for faith, that is true. It does have more advantages beyond learning about God, or more accurately, it has an alternative method for learning more about God.

Small Group

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When we learn about others, and allow them to learn more about us, we also learn more about God through his creation. No two people are created alike, and we are all a reflection of God. To get a better picture of who God is, we should then learn more about His creation.

We cared so much for you that we were pleased to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become dear to us.

1 Thessalonians 2:8 (CSB)

When we develop these deep relationships, we also create a bond with true friends. This then emboldens us to help one another and share possessions, life experiences, and wisdom with one another. We truly begin to build a strong community.

About the author

Trey Murray focuses his writing talents on lessons for his life group. He utilizes his life experience and draws from year of experience both in and out of Faith in God.

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