Commit to Fellowship


I read this verse at the end of a devotional on the importance of committed church membership, and it hit me how important it is for people to have opportunity to make that commitment known by giving themselves “first to the Lord and then to us”. I know of churches who have cut out the necessity of a person coming forward to openly join the membership and work of a local church. The church I’m at now is one.

They have their reasons for that, but I also know people who come as spectators and hide in the background, never really becoming part of the fellowship because the practice makes it easier to hide. I even met one such person who said they preferred a large church because it was easier to hide in the crowd, unnoticed. That person disappeared shortly after and I’ve never seen them again.

As I think about that, I realize that one of the main reasons people I have talked with on the subject give for failing to greet someone they don’t know when they believe they may be a visitor is because of fear of welcoming someone who’s been there for years, unnoticed. So those who are visitors leave the experience feeling unnoticed and believing the church’s members are snobbish and unfriendly.

There’s great benefit to publicly joining a fellowship. It gives the members a chance to realize and acknowledge the new family member. Many members then reach out to invite that new one to get involved in the class or group or ministry they are in. Doors get opened to the new ones, making them feel a part of the whole and encouraging their involvement in the ministry called “church”. It lets the new member know they are welcome and feel there is a place for them in the body. And it gives opportunity for love bonds to form as we cuddle one another into the fold. It also destroys the lie of the enemy that there is better fellowship and acceptance at the local bar than in the house of worship.

I’m just getting back into face to face involvement with my local fellowship after several years absence while caring for my husband, doing church at home with him. The devotional read and these thoughts gleaned help me firm up my need to not only commit myself to the church ministry I am part of, but to make that commitment known. In that, I will seek guidance as to where and how I may serve alongside them.

What about you? Have you committed yourself first to the Lord and then to a local expression of His body called the Church? Won’t you join me in devoted fellowship as part of the family of God?

“They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”
‭‭Acts‬ ‭2‬:‭42‬ ‭‬‬

3 thoughts on “Commit to Fellowship”

  1. Thanks for sharing as it reminded me of when I first went to a large church.

    Nobody greeted me in a sense of getting me involved and then I stepped back after awhile to this one ministry that was inside this large church.

    It was for recovery ministry. I ended going back again a young women came out of living on the streets up to me and welcomed me a said I’m going to get you plugged in here.

    As I started serving I eventually grew in my journey over some years and eventually it helped me realize I fit in somewhere which was a comfort.

    My father lived on the streets for over twenty plus years in alcohol and mental health issues until his death.

    It had a big affect on my life growing up and feeling abandoned and rejected.

    It has helped me to come to know God as my Father and Saviour ❤️

    Long story short I grew and ended up going out reaching out to the homeless and addicted community and learned how to evangelize and win souls for Christ.

    My wife and myself had the pleasure of raising to people from the death back to life in the name of Jesus, breaking off the spirit of death as we began praying for these two different encounters we had over a two year period of outreach.

    All Glory to Jesus as we become his instruments.

    James 5:20
    consider this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and cover over a multitude of sins.

    Thanks to remind me where it all began 😊

    Let us reach out as the Lord Jesus is coming soon for his bride.

    Amen. Thank you Jesus for giving us a new life in you. 😇

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      1. Thank you Sister ❤️
        God bless you and use you to seek out those who need to know that God loves them so much and they would come out of hiding to the fullness of Christ’s power in them.

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