There are great blessings that result from fellowship and unity with other believers. We need the companionship of close friends and relatives who are fellow Christians. Let’s look at the Scriptures.
If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls
and has no one to help them up. (Eccl 4:10 NIV)
Here the Bible reminds us that having a close companion or friend will provide us with support, help, and strength.
. . . not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. (Heb 10:25)
This passage in Hebrews reminds us that gathering regularly with other believers provides encouragement and validation of our faith as well as support.
Therefore comfort one another with these words. (1 Thes 4:18)
Meeting with other believers provides us with comfort, security, and reassurance.
Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. (1 Thes 5:11 RSV) Christian fellowship provides inspiration from the Bible, the nurturing of our faith and the joy which lightens our hearts. What beautiful and loving blessings from God!
Each and every believer has been given gifts from God. The Lord gives us the grace that we need in order to use each of these gifts. Gifts are given to us for the advantage and the salvation of other people which is why it’s so crucial that we USE the gifts that God has given to us.
. . . for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills. (1 Cor 12:8-11)
There are various gifts, but they all come from one God (our Father), one Lord (Jesus), and one Spirit (the Holy Spirit). God is the giver of all spiritual blessings. If we have any knowledge of the truth, or any ability to make it known, we must give all of the glory to God.
Whatever gifts that God wanted each one of us to have were the ones that He bestowed upon us. As we mature in the life of faith, He may give us additional gifts.
The purpose for giving the church the gift of prophecy was to edify (build up), exhort (encourage) and to comfort the church. (1 Cor 14:3) We’re also to use our various, individual gifts to equip the saints for the work of the ministry. (Eph 4:12)
In unity and dependence upon one another, we are taught to speak the truth in love and thus, we will mature into the full stature of Christ. (Eph 4:13) Hallelujah!
Why does the Lord want us to be ready to tell people about salvation at a moment’s notice? One reason is that the Lord is not willing that any should perish; He wants everyone to be saved. (2 Pet 3:9)
Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. (2 Tim 4:2) He wants us to be ready whether it’s convenient and whether it’s inconvenient—when the world mentality (at any given time) is “pro-Christian” or “anti-Christian.” Our heart attitude should be eager to share the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ.
No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. (2 Tim 2:3-4) The warfare in which we’re engaged is to share the gospel with as many people as possible, regardless of their response or reaction. Leave that part in God’s hands. When we accepted Christ as our Savior, we were automatically enlisted as a soldier in the army of the Living God.
You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men . . . (2 Cor 3:2) Not only do we share the gospel with our words, but we share it by the lives that we live. People will read us as easily as they read a book or a letter.
What are you sharing through your day-to-day life? Is your readiness joyous and filled with hope and courage? If so, then it will be good and edifying to read!