Bramhall Baptist Blog August 2020

At our Homegroup last night one of the subjects we were discussing was fellowship.  I wonder what comes into your mind when you hear that word?  A chat after church?  Spending a longer time at church and enjoying one of the church bring and share lunches? (Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have one of those again!!).

In the New Testament, the Greek word ‘fellowship’ means sharing a common life.  Fellowship is not having a quick conversation along the lines of “How are you?” “Fine, thanks, how are you?”  We do that at other meetings but the church needs to be different.  Fellowship is having lives intertwined; it is being willing to open up to other people about how our lives really are, our joys, our worries, our struggles, our temptations.  Sometimes we are frightened to do that, we are scared of being judged, of being rejected.

As we seek to move into what God has for us in the future, we need to learn how to be vulnerable with each other, to share how we are really feeling.   We need to learn how to encourage, how to accept each other as we are.  We also need to have fun together, to become a family sharing our lives together. 

We can’t meet as a church at the moment, and even when the building opens again it is going to be limited and we won’t be able to spend much time together.  So what can we do to deepen our fellowship?

  • Join a Homegroup if you aren’t already in one. This is a really good way to get to know people in the church, to pray and learn from the Bible together and to support one another.
  • Find one or two other people in the church to pray with, to get to know at a deeper level.
  • If there are issues you are struggling with, phone one of the Elders or someone else you trust, and be honest about how you are feeling.

 

Ruth Meal