Faith Over Fear: Faith For Fellowship

There are so many who are living in fear today. It is understandable; there are so many things in this world that can cause fear. That deep feeling that causes a fight or flight response. We all experience fear to some extent or another. If that fear is crippling so much that you can’t leave the house or you simply have a sinking feeling that you are able to ignore most of the time. This month I will be investigating the idea of fear and how we can have faith over our fears.

Do you enjoy being alone?

You may answer yes, for a time. But the idea or fear of being alone is so powerful that 1 in 3 adults fear being alone. This could look differently for everyone; maybe alone at home, alone in a crowd, not having a significant other, not having friends you can count on, and the list could go on.

If you have ever felt alone I want to encourage you there is a fellowship that you can have that will give you peace and you will never be alone.

Will you put your faith in fellowship instead of your fear in loneliness?

The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

Deuteronomy 31:8

When you put your trust in God; He will never leave you or give up on you. When God is in your life you will always have someone with you who is before you and beside you. The fellowship you can experience with God is powerful and life giving. If you have not experienced that fellowship I invite you to consider the feeling of loneliness and decide if that is where you want to stay.

Fellowship with God is the first and most powerful fellowship we can experience, but we know there is another type of fellowship we are all looking for. We are all looking for physical fellowship.

42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

Acts 2:42-47

After the Holy Spirit was poured out many people came to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and they became devoted to teaching and to fellowship.

Fellowship in the Greek koinonia: Translated to Fellowship or Communion in the New Testament, but also has the connotation that means Community. I believe this is vital to the Christian walk. We need to be in community as we see in Acts 2. The passage we see what it means to fellowship with one another. But is this fellowship really God’s plan or were they simply living together?

Through the Old Testament we find many examples of people who had a fear of being alone, but had faith for fellowship with God and others.

The best place to begin is in the beginning in Genesis 2. God created Adam and He and Adam had fellowship; because sin did not interfere with their fellowship they were together in the Garden of Eden. Adam took care of the garden and took his position as God’s image bearer seriously in his job of naming the animals. But we find that there was still something (someone) missing.

20 So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds of the air and all the beasts of the field. But for Adam no suitable helper was found.

Genesis 2:20

Adam had complete fellowship with God, but he longed for a fellow partner in life. I believe this shows that the feeling of loneliness is not from the fall, but we are people who need community through life. Then God created Eve! Adam then had fellowship with God and other humans. Then the fall caused the fellowships between man and God; and the fellowship man and man to become broken. The whole journey of the Old Testament points toward reestablishing the fellowship between men and God. We see others who had this fear of loneliness like Moses.

 10 So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”

11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”

12 And God said, “I will be with you.

Exodus 3:10-12

God called Moses to do something, but Moses began to fear being alone going back to Egypt. God said He would be with Moses or fellowship with Moses through the journey. But Moses continued to fear the idea of being alone and attempted several excuses, but eventually said…

13 But Moses said, “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.”

14 Then the Lord’s anger burned against Moses and he said, “What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he can speak well. He is already on his way to meet you, and he will be glad to see you. 15 You shall speak to him and put words in his mouth; I will help both of you speak and will teach you what to do. 16 He will speak to the people for you, and it will be as if he were your mouth and as if you were God to him. 17 But take this staff in your hand so you can perform the signs with it.”

Exodus 4:13-17

Moses struggled with the idea of going back to Egypt and attempted to not follow God’s instructions. God seeing his fear made a plan for Moses to be in fellowship with his brother Aaron in this task. Moses needed someone in his life to be with him. We also see the prophet Elijah struggling with the fear of being alone and the plan God made to give him fellowship.

10 He replied, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.”

1 Kings 19:10

Elijah didn’t want to continue because the journey of living for God is very difficult in isolation. He had great fear that he was truly alone. This fear caused him to hide and run away. Often when we feel the fear of being alone we become more alone, by running away. The fear of being alone will cause you to feel more alone if you don’t being standing in faith for fellowship. God again provided fellowship.

15 The Lord said to him, “Go back the way you came, and go to the Desert of Damascus. When you get there, anoint Hazael king over Aram. 16 Also, anoint Jehu son of Nimshi king over Israel, and anoint Elisha son of Shaphat from Abel Meholah to succeed you as prophet. 17 Jehu will put to death any who escape the sword of Hazael, and Elisha will put to death any who escape the sword of Jehu. 18 Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel—all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and whose mouths have not kissed him.”

1 Kings 19:15-18

God appointed a person to join Elijah in his journey and gave him hope that there are still 7,000 people who follow the true God and have not fallen to the evil one.

Are you struggling to have faith for that fellowship today?

We see these 3 men needed fellowship or community in their take or journey God had given them. This is why koinonia: fellowship, communion, or community is so important in the Christian life. These men are known for their amazing faith and things they have done for God, but they needed to walk with another.

Two are better than one,

    because they have a good return for their labor:

10 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.

11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.

    But how can one keep warm alone?

12 Though one may be overpowered,

    two can defend themselves.

A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

Ecclesiastics 4:9-12

We see that in Acts 2 this is one of the foundations of the church. “They devoted themselves to the teaching of the Apostles and fellowship…”

As we have seen; fellowship with God and other people is very important to the church. If you are feeling alone; put your faith in Christ to give you fellowship with the right people. I believe Acts 2 shows us what it means to fellowship with one another. Looking at what it means to fellowship we will begin to recognize those people in our lives who we may be in fellowship with that we didn’t even realize. However, if we do not recognize these in any or very few of our relationships we may need to begin working toward true fellowship with someone.

Fellowship is…

1. Share in Love of Christ

 44 All the believers were together

Acts 2:44

They first thing that happened as the church began to fellowship with each other was they all had a common love for Christ. Then that love extended to each other; Jesus said…

34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.

John 13:34

We love because Christ first loved us. Loving each other means we are willing to be there for each other. Jesus gave up everything because of His love for us. Are we willing to love each other as Christ loved us. When we are then we create the foundation for true fellowship or community.

2. Share in Worship

42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles…47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

Acts 2:42-43, 47

Spending time together in prayer and under the teaching of the Word of God. When they did this miracles were seen. True fellowship must be accompanied by true worship to God. This looks like praying together and studying the Word together. These build fellowship by giving way to real conversations about struggles and real answers to those struggles. When love is the foundation and worship is the next block fellowship or community becomes a strong building of trust and connection that we can rely on when the storms of life come.

3. Share in Life

42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

Acts 2:42-47

Fellowship must be grounded in the Word of God; but then we need to share in everyday life together through…

  • Eating together
  • Creating common interests and experiences
  • Being present in people’s lives
  • Supporting each other when in times of need physically and Spiritually

When your fellowship is grounded in love and the Word of God you will be able to share your struggles without judgement and in the middle of the night when you need someone; the fellowship you have built will hold you up in faith and hope.

Have faith that God has people who are going to be your community. Trust you are not alone even if its feels like that right now. When the fear of being alone comes on you like Elijah; seek God’s face and have faith there is fellowship coming soon.

Fellowship and community is God’s desire for your life and He will bring people into your life to create that community; but it takes you stepping out in faith to accept the fellowship. True fellowship is when you can have someone to rely on to be there for you; in the highs and lows of life. These people should be loving enough to be honest about what needs to change. This is why we need to have faith for fellowship; if we loose the faith that God has put people into our lives and if we push them away we will fall back into the fear of loneliness. The Apostle Paul puts it this way…

1 Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. 

Galatians 6:1-2

Carry each other’s burdens will only happen if you have faith that God has people for you to have true koinonia. Have faith in God and His people not fear.

4. Share in the Mission

And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

Acts 2:47

When we are in true fellowship with each other and God; we will have a burden for the lost. We desire that others will find the true loving community we have found and invite others into that community.

That feeling you get when something amazing happens…You simply want to tell the world…

True, loving fellowship is that. It should be an overwhelming joy and peace in your life. Sharing in the Mission of Christ also will give you more faith for more fellowship.

God Bless and BeTheLIGHT

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