What is True Fellowship? – Greg Albrecht

What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you read or hear the word fellowship? Within a Christian context the word usually calls to mind something to do with companionship and community. For some people fellowship is just another religious thing they have to do or (so they believe) God won’t be happy with them. In many cases, fellowship means going to places to spend time with others who are also members of their church.

Fellowship has also come to signify a spiritual atmosphere that will soothe and secure a person from the life they live. Given this meaning, fellowship can become something like “hot-tub religion”—a place where people go to feel good and escape their problems. Some people think of fellowship as one of those archaic “church” words. And in some respects it does seem tailor-made for earlier generations, fitting the culture and times of 1611 King James English far more than our 21st century English culture and society.

Is Christian fellowship an activity restricted to a building that is designated as a church building—a building whose architectural style and features identify it as a church building? Is “fellowship” something that can only happen just before or just after a sermon has been preached? Can we “fellowship” without drinking coffee? Can we “fellowship” with someone who is thousands of miles away from us?

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