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Featured Is fellowship important?

Discussion in 'Requests for Christian Advice' started by Christgirl67, Aug 26, 2018.

  1. Christgirl67

    Christgirl67 Active Member

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    I want to join a youth group or the choir.I just think I have been at the church too long not to know anyone.
     
  2. messianist

    messianist Well-Known Member Supporter

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    God is faithful, by whom you were called into fellowship with his son, Jesus Christ our Lord.


    therefore, if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort provided by love, any fellowship in the Spirit, any affection or mercy,

    May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

    And the life was manifested, and we have seen and testify and report to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was manifested to us); That which we have seen and heard we report also to you that you may have fellowship with us, and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.
     
  3. Yarddog

    Yarddog Senior Contributor Supporter

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    What's stopping you? Put a smile on your face, stick your hand hand out, shake someone's hand and say you want to get to know them. It works almost everytime.
     
  4. JustRachel

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    I love fellowship with my church family. They teach me, encourage me, and I really need that time with them often. Since your church is far away, look for groups nearby. I've gone to Bible study at churches other than my own and also attend one at a believer's home. As long as they truly believe the message of salvation as presented in the Bible, groups outside your physical church building are fine. :)
     
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  5. Kelvin Owens

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    Going to church is very important to have the opportunity to fellowship with other believers and share each others faith. Also it is very healthy. The enemy would like no more to keep you isolated so he can control your thoughts. 1 Peter 5:8 There are certain things that you only can receive inside a five fold ministry church. You have to try to connect with other people and find similar interests. He/She who is friendly will attract friends. Proverbs 11:25. People are going to disappoint you and let you down but you can not allow past hurts to stop you from developing new relationships. Validate yourself through God and not others so that you don't get hurt. Put your trust in God. Alot of how we interact with other has to do with the relationship we have with our Heavenly Father. When we are not living right or doing the right things we should be doing, it causes us to feel guilty (condemnation) and we start isolating (emotionally) ourselves. There is no condemnation in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1 We need to seek Him daily, read the bible, pray, and worship God. Remember we have been set free by our Lord in Savior Jesus Christ. Rejoice and again I say Rejoice! People in church are going through all different things and are on different levels with their christian walk. We need to love one another and support each other in our daily lives.
     
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  6. marineimaging

    marineimaging Texas Baptist now living in Colorado

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    Absolutely! Fellowship is very important. This is just a suggestion but fellowship with others at church could also solve some of your carpool problems. If you really don't know people around you in the church it is very possible that someone with a car and license lives close by and would love to pick you up on the way to the church. However they might not even know you need a ride since you don't socialize much. Start socializing by looking for a ride. Later, should you become mobile and legal to drive remember how you felt and offer to drive someone else. Don't become a burden but definitely put it out there to see if anybody can help.
     
  7. Gell

    Gell Redeemed CF Ambassadors Supporter

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    It's never too late you know :)
    Try going to bible studies or other activities. You will absolutely get to know your brothers and sisters more. It definitely worked for me
     
  8. chihwahli

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    My ideas about Question poster #1:
    Yes it is important.

    Pray about it: what does Jesus like you to do next?

    Sometimes God places sitations (problems) in your way to make you think and seek Him out.... most important is not knowing other sheep better, but knowing Jesus presonally. I don't know you that well, but it seems you have not heared from God what he thinks about the situation....yet...

    So pray...and listen. For my sheep know my voice.... (bibleverse X:Y)
     
  9. lsume

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    Heb.10 Verses 24 to 27

    1. [24] And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
      [25] Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
      [26] For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,
      [27] But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
    Please pray about The Word of God Above in Hebrews 10. For me, True Fellowship is Fellowship with God The Father and God The Son and God The Holy Spirit with my lowly spirit. You might see a correlation between the 4 seen in the fiery furnace story in Daniel.
     
  10. Anguspure

    Anguspure Kaitiaki Peacemakers NZ Supporter

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    Good fellowship is one of the keys to succesful Christian living.
    Jesus makes the relationship between God and Man righteous but also restores and cultivates Loving relationship between righteous man and righteous man.
    The problem that seems almost universal within the Church however is that precious few regard the interhuman relationships as being important and replace it with various forms of religiousness
    Unfortunately finding true fellowship within the church is exceedingly rare.
     
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  11. DivineMercyPilgrim

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    If distance is an issue right now, consider looking somewhere closer to home for now. Remember that we are all one large family. One piece of advice when looking for Protestant churches: I recommend checking out their "statement of faith" on their website first so that you know you are joining a group of like-minded believers.
     
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  12. David_AB

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    Fellowship is very important.
    I've been going to my church for 3 years. Not sure if it's the right one. I initially went because is it a bible believing church and closest to where I live.
    The fellowship I have is with the housegroup I go to. 8 people. Apart from that I don't find it a particularly friendly church. There are cliques and instances where I have seen people from the church when out and they have just blanked me.
    I find that very very odd. Not to mention unwelcoming.

    Maybe you could join a house group bible study with people from your church.
     
  13. messianist

    messianist Well-Known Member Supporter

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    This is something that seems to happen a lot there is scripture for it but I can’t remember it David
     
  14. Jennifer Rothnie

    Jennifer Rothnie Well-Known Member

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    Fellowship is important. However, deep fellowship is always going to trump shallow fellowship. That is, having lunch with another believer is going to be more beneficial than shaking hands with strangers in the foyer. Having a small prayer group that meets once a month is going to be more uplifting then attending a once a year party and making small talk, etc. Furthermore, fellowship does *not* necessarily have to be at a Sunday local church event - it's just fellowship with believers anywhere, any place!

    I've been in a similar situation - disconnected from most of the church, unable to serve or attend groups because I couldn't drive. I still cannot drive due to disability, and so while I am more connected now than I used to be it's still very hard to fellowship with others in a larger, distant church.

    Here are some potential solutions:

    #1 Host your own small group that meets weekly or monthly. You can ask around for interest and even find someone else to teach if you want. If you have a mix of fellowship (such as snacks or dinner,) study, and prayer, then you will be forming deeper God-centered relationships over time.

    #2 Find a closer church, preferably one you can walk or bus to. This helps immensely in terms of service, being able to attend events, and getting involved.

    #3 Reach out to anyone in a Sunday school class you attend, or to whoever is in charge of the area of the church you are classified in (e.g. women's ministries, young adult ministries, etc.) or even the church information booth to see about finding someone who lives near you who is willing to carpool.

    #4 Find or form a local group of believers who do a service project together, such as Dress a Girl around the world or a group ministering to the homeless. This is a great way to have fellowship with believers who share other common interests as well - plus people in the group might be willing to carpool!
     
  15. The Times

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    Church activities can be in a singing prayer qior, fund raising like walk a thone. Carols by candle light, wake services and breaking break at a gathering outside of communion as a meal only, volenteering to keep the church grounds and to clean Church, work in catering kitchen within Church,.

    This is where our western brothers need to learn from the Eastern.
     
  16. Christgirl67

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    I am also a little shy as well,so how do I get past that to make friends?
     
  17. dreadnought

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    When you lose your best friend, you will find that fellowship is important. I don't know what I'd do without the fellowship of the Lord and my church.
     
  18. chihwahli

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    Shy is a good start.

    Is it possbile that God permits you to stay as you are? Maybe, maybe not. We do need shy people also. There is no law against shy and loving people, in contrast to bold and loving people..... \\^_^// We need both....

    Jesus knows what kind of person you will become or need to become because your lives calling.
    Ask your Lord Jesus... Drop yourself into His arms and ask Him if you need to change a bit.... =)
     
  19. stealthsaint

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    1st John 1:7 "If you walk in the light (faith position of "being"). . . . . and have "fellowship (in Holy Spirit". . . NOT socializing on world issues) with one another, the blood of JesUS cleanses US from all sin) May I suggest go to a few local churches in close proximity asking Lord where will WE (you and Lord) fit in to grow? It is MOST important ot know you are in partnership with Lord's Spirit when You fellowship in His Spirit.
     
  20. lsume

    lsume Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Being an introvert is a good thing in my opinion. Christ Said;

    Matt.11
    1. [29] Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
    Also, read about Moses. Moses was so uncomfortable speaking that God The Father Had his brother Aaron speak in his place as I recall.

    Exodus 6:28-30 and Exodus 7:1-7

    Since Christ walked on the earth and exhibited the Nature as God The Father, Moses was exactly The Perfect Choice by God The Father. As True Christians, how much more lowely and meek should we walk. How often in God’s Word do the meek vanquish the strong? Once one is truly born again, Christ works on our Spirit to make us more like He is. I am unaware of any major servants of God The Father in His Word that was charismatic. The focus has always supposed to be and will continue to be on God The Father and not his servant with the exception of Jesus The Christ. When Christ taught us to pray The Lord’s Prayer, The Prayer ends with “for Thine is The Kingdom and The Power and The Glory Forever Amen.
     
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