The word fellowship in the Christians church nowadays means eating together, meeting together and doing things together. This is not the original meaning of the word. It goes deeper. Fellowship means friendship, it means community, it means helping each other in times of trouble.
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary defines it like this, “Fellowship means companionship, a relation in which parties hold something in common, familiar interaction.”
Christians are blessed because we have fellowship with the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Need proof?
“That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ” (I John 1:3).
“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen” (II Corinthians 13:14).
When we have fellowship with the three Persons of God, we develop fellowship among ourselves as well.
“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin” (I John 1:7).
Our being in fellowship with God, and each other, teaches us to love one another. This leads us to connect as family. Fellowship is where we can teach each other from the Word, exhort each other to right living, and stimulate each other to good works. It also moves us to pray for each other.
People who are in fellowship have the same interests. They aim to reach the same goals. Those who are truly in fellowship with the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit have the same yearning to see the lost saved. Oftentimes this brings people into a friendship (fellowship) that focuses on reaching out to their families, friends, and neighbors.
Now that we are so close to the end of the world as we know it, as history knows it, we must fellowship together to encourage one another. “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching” (Hebrews 10:25).
Gathering together in fellowship now is very important. There is coming a day when the “Restrainer” the Holy Spirit, the bride of Christ will be removed from this earth. It will be too late then to avoid the Tribulation. We need to make people aware, even within the church, that the rapture is imminent.
One other component of fellowship is remembering the Lord’s sacrifice through taking communion together. When we meet under the teaching of our pastor about the elements, and when we take the bread and wine together, we become one with Christ and with each other.
So, what does the word “fellowship” mean? It means being one in the Spirit, one in the Lord, and one in the body. Fellowship together: Stay connected.