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"Don't Forget the Parts"

Date published: 09/17/2013
Hebrews 10:25 “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another — and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”  (NIV)  
In our Christian culture, we have come to view the fellowship of believers as optional. Many see the formal church setting through the lens of their experiences instead of what the Bible says. Some see their spiritual needs as being met through their own spiritual pursuits independent of other followers of Christ. Others see their spiritual needs met in random spiritual interactions with God while focusing on acts of service. Scripture presents a much different picture of the necessity of believers meeting together for encouragement and spiritual growth. The fellowship of believers is instrumental in the protection, growth, and encouragement of Christians. Hebrews 3:13 describes it this way “But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness.” The fellowship of believers goes far beyond meeting on Sunday. The fellowship of believers means becoming integrally involved in the lives of other Christians to care for their spiritual growth, physical needs, emotional support, as well as life’s needs in general. God sees the fellowship of believers as integral to your spiritual health. The body of Christ is likened to the physical body with each body part having an important role in the life of those around them. The fellowship of believers provides a vital conduit for God to move you away from “self” to others. The fellowship of believers creates an atmosphere where pride and self-interest becomes not only subservient to others’ needs, but also to God’s work in you. A sign of spiritual maturity is recognizing the important role that other believers play in your life.  Live your life in Christ not out of self interest, but in the interest of encouraging and helping others in their walk with Christ. Philippians 2:3-4 describes it this way “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.”  
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up.  But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”  (NIV)