Relevant Religious Beliefs about Fellowship
Scripture teaches that people are not only biological units, but that we are spiritual beings, and created in the image of God, with dignity and worth to live free, and love one another, worship together, grow families, break bread together, laugh and cry together, embrace one another, and build things together and for each other. Christian meetings include fellowship, which entails togetherness, sharing of goods and food, showing hospitality and presence in-person, much like a family unit (Acts 4:32-37). The New Testament upholds the church as a spiritual family, so much that the bonds within the church are stronger than blood relations (Matthew 13:53-58; Luke 14:26; Acts 9:17; 22:13; Romans 16:1). For this reason, Christians often refer to each other as “brother” and “sister”. To operate as a church, Christians are expected to experience fellowship regularly with one another like a family that lives under the same roof.
I have observed and experienced that the fellowship among the congregants at Calvary Chapel of Fergus Falls during and following Sunday morning worship services is sweet, beautiful and familial. It is an antidote to the government-imposed lockdowns that continue the harms of loneliness, hopelessness, fear, poverty, division, anger, anxiety, and the deterioration of vial relationships. I will continue to dedicate my life to obeying my Lord, Jesus Christ by spreading the gospel message and ministering to people through preaching and teaching, leading worship, praying, counseling, and presiding over the sacraments of baptism and communion, and through fellowshipping and encouraging people in-person at Calvary Chapel of Fergus Falls.