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May 25, 2016, 9:01 AM

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May 23, 2016, 2:57 PM

What is Christian Fellowship and why is Fellowship so Important? From Compelling Truth

What is Christian fellowship and why is fellowship so important?
The early Christians clearly emphasized the importance of fellowship. Acts 2:42 notes, "And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers." In the early church, "day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people" (Acts 2:46-47). But why is Christian fellowship important?

The New Testament word for "fellowship," koinonia, expresses the idea of being together for mutual benefit. Hebrews 10:24-25 shares this idea, saying, "And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near." Two reasons fellowship with other believers is important are because it helps express love to one another and it encourages good works.

A third important reason for Christian fellowship is its impact on unbelievers. Jesus told His disciples, "By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another" (John 13:35). The love Christians have for one another can influence others toward faith in Jesus Christ.

Still another important reason for Christian fellowship is the ability to pray together. Early believers were committed to prayer, both individually and in groups. In James 5:14-16, elders were called together to pray for the sick as well as for those who had sinned. This required being together.

Christian fellowship is also important for church decision-making. In both Acts 6 and Acts 15, the early church gathered together to make important decisions about the future direction of the church. These required community, prayer, and close discussion.

Christian fellowship is required for baptism. A new Christian cannot baptize himself or herself because it is not a public profession of faith. Christians gather together to celebrate a person's baptism and serve as witnesses of the person's commitment to a new life in Jesus Christ.

Christian fellowship is required for communion, or the Lord's Supper. The Lord's Supper doesn't quite work the same for an online church. This ancient practice requires time together with other believers to remember the blood and body of Christ.

Though many believers today do not recognize the importance of fellowship or local church involvement, Christian fellowship is essential to spiritual growth. Many aspects of our spiritual lives depend on being together with other believers to encourage, teach, serve, and share life together.



May 10, 2016, 10:50 AM

Nine Ways Gossip Destroys a Church – Rainer on Leadership #212

Thom Rainer offers an interesting take on the issue of GOSSIP in the church.  I think you will find this helpful!

On today’s episode, we discuss a post from Chuck Lawless on gossip in the church and four ways to combat it in the church.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • Gossip is a sly and sneaky sin that can destroy the unity of a church.
  • Gossip points to self importance; ministry and service point to the importance of others.
  • There is never a time when gossip helps or builds up.
  • Once gossip is out about someone, it’s hard to correct it if it’s false.
  • Gossip not only hurts the reputation of the subject, but of those who pass it on as well.
  • If someone gossips about someone to you, they’d likely gossip about you to someone else.
  • Gossip is a very evil and destructive force within the church.
  • Churches should have an environment of trust that does not allow for gossip.
  • Every church covenant should address gossip.

The nine ways gossip destroys a church are:

  1. It’s evil.
  2. It’s idolatrous.
  3. It’s self-centered.
  4. It’s divisive.
  5. It’s often deceptive.
  6. It harms reputations.
  7. It destroys trust.
  8. It indicates hypocrisy in the church.
  9. It risks God’s judgment.

Click here to listen to the Podcast discussion:  

http://thomrainer.com/?powerpress_pinw=4381-podcast

 




February 10, 2016, 12:00 AM

Internet Evangelism

Technology has made it possible for you and me to share Christ with anyone on the planet who has an internet connection and questions about Christ and Christianity.  You have a choice of typing/texting back and forth with a person or using video chat.  Below are 2 sites that you need to check out for more information.  Let us know what you find out in the comment box below!!

Let's encourage everyone at Wickland to be available to touch lives wherever the Lord may lead.  Eventhough the mission board is calling missionaries to retire because of low giving, YOU can become a missionary to ANY person or country you choose--  right from your home!!

Visit the following web sites for all the details!!

searchforjesus.net

AND  peacewithgod.net



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January 21, 2016, 5:44 PM

Should we be a Microwave Church or a Crock Pot Church?

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