Are you Devoted to Fellowship?
Let’s take some time to share some encouraging stories of celebration from last week’s lesson.
Have there been any moments where you were able to celebrate repentance with another brother or sister?
This week Blaine reminded us of the importance of fellowship. In Hebrews the author reminds of the importance of fellowship in the relationships that it builds, both with God and with each other. This past Sunday Blaine specifically reflected on how important it is that we are there for one another. Let’s read Hebrews 10:22-25 and reflect together on some of the questions Blaine posed on Sunday morning.
22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
What prevents us from adhering to verse 24’s request?
What prevents you from meeting with the body beyond Sundays & Midweeks?
If you find trouble attending Sundays & Midweeks, what prevents you from being with the Body?
Are these absences regular or not often?
Blaine also stressed the importance of building relationships within the church with one another and how it takes efforts on both sides to develop a meaningful relationship. Consider the following questions:
Do you leave service before anyone can talk to you?
Are you available beyond Sundays and Midweek services to meet with your brothers and sisters?
What fears do you harbor in creating and maintaining relationships?
Blaine also mentioned the importance of encouragement. Often times the world berates us with things not of Christ and it takes a toll on our spiritual walks. It is in these moments where spiritual encouragement is the most important. Consider the passage Blaine referenced in Hebrews:
13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.
Have you considered who needs to hear from you to be encouraged?
How is your involvement in others life exemplifying this scripture?
If this scripture is not exemplified in your life, how can you change that?
Bringing it Home:
Blaine also spoke on the importance everyone being present. He suggested that when one of our members is missing the body hurts for their absence. Let us read 1 Corinthians 12: 12-14
1 Corinthians 12: 12-14
12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by[c] one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.
The scripture reads on to describe the impact of one part failing to remain the one they are or if in the event one part was missing and how it simply cannot be. For each part is equal in importance and each part is needed just as much as the other.
What part do you play in the body?
What role is lost when you are absent from the body?
How can you work to fill that gap upon your known absence?
This week let’s remember to remain in the body and work towards encouraging each other daily. Also as we carry on with our lives through Christ, let us be reminded regularly of the role we play as an individual member of God’s church and the impact that we have or don’t have in our absences.