In his book his book Why Christians Sin, J. Kirk Johnston tells about a young Russian woman who, was allowed to visit her relatives in Canada. She was a devout Christian, and her friends assumed that she would defect and seek asylum in Canada or the US because of the religious oppression in the USSR. But they were wrong. She wanted to go back to her homeland.
This Russian woman said that people in the West were too busy acquiring material things and not concerned enough about their relationships. In her homeland, Christian fellowship was essential to their faith because it provided the support and encouragement they so desperately needed.
Genuine Christian fellowship involves much more than visiting over a cup of coffee in the church kitchen between the worship service and Sunday school. It is loving one another in the family of God, caring for one another, sharing with one another, bearing one another’s burdens, and rejoicing and sorrowing together. And, of course, there is uplifting fellowship as we worship, sing, and pray together.
Yes, one of the greatest blessings a believer can enjoy is the fellowship of the saints. – Richard W. De Haan
We share our mutual woes,
Our mutual burdens bear;
And often for each other flows
The sympathizing tear. – Fawcett
Christian fellowship is essential to spiritual growth.
- October 10, 1993, Our Daily Bread