Fellowship of Believers

Jerry came to church Sunday morning, he was frustrated, tired, irritated.  He had been up until 3 o’clock the morning before.  He had received a call about midnight, and then went and bailed his son out of jail downtown. His son was nineteen. As they drove home, Jerry didn’t say anything, because he just didn’t feel like there was anything else to say. He had said everything he had known for the past five years, over and over again. He hadn’t given up on his son, but he just didn’t know anything else to say to him.

Jerry woke up the next morning tired.  His wife said, “Honey, come on let’s go to church.” So they left the house about 9 o’clock, got to church and Jerry sat down and he couldn’t listen to anything the Pastor had to say.  Had a hard time singing, didn’t really sing at all.  Just stood up and sat down.  He was distracted and he didn’t know what to do. They finished the worship time and as they walked out, his wife said, “Honey listen, let’s go to our Bible Fellowship class.” He said, “I just don’t feel like it.  I don’t want to have to sit there with those people.” She said, “Come on.”  And so he went, and he sat there, and his teacher Bill began to teach the lesson.

Again it was hard for Jerry to concentrate on the lesson, but he began to think about Bill. And he knew that Bill had a son and that Bill had gone through some of the same things. So after the class was over, Jerry talked with Bill. They sat and they prayed and they opened God’s word together. Bill didn’t pretend to have all the answers, he was non-judgmental, and he was kind. Bill was patient, and he prayed and encouraged Jerry. Jerry walked out of that class and left that church campus that day with new wisdom in his heart.

There are hundreds of stories just like that one. Stories of people who came to a Bible Fellowship group and God used the fellowship of believers to do something that could never be done alone. That is why it is so important that we not forsake the assembling of ourselves together. God has called us to exhort and to teach one another. He gives us wisdom through His church.

Have a great day, and keep moving forward!

Suggested Bible Reading

Hebrews 10:19-25