What is Christian fellowship? We hear the word fellowship thrown around loosely in Christian circles. We have fellowship meetings, halls and dinners. But a meeting or a building does not make a fellowship.
True fellowship is defined by our walking in the light, as Jesus did. “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his son, purifies us from all sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:7-8).
Is it possible to attend worship services and experience little fellowship? Unfortunately, the answer is yes. The darkness of hypocrisy, spiritual arrogance and exclusivity, acceptance of alternate lifestyles and competitive, self-serving spirits squelch fellowship. If our personal walk with Jesus isn’t right, then what value does our public attendance have in God’s eyes?
“These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me,” Matthew 15:8; “What fellowship can light have with darkness?” 2 Corinthians 6:14; “False teaching is like a little yeast that spreads through the whole batch of dough,” Galatians 5:9.