But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin. 1 John 1:7
And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. Acts 2:42
“I don’t need to go to church. I believe in God without it.”
“Church on Sunday is MORE than enough!”
“I worship in the beauty of nature…on the golf course.”
“I don’t talk to other people about my faith; it’s a personal thing between God and me.”
Christianity is not a solo act. Never has been. Jesus was in fellowship with His disciples, of which there were many more than just the core 12. He modeled how to go about preaching, and then He sent them out.
What if any of them, especially the apostles, decided that this was a special, personal time in their lives; something just between them and Jesus? What if Paul never went to Rome? That is the pivotal event in spreading the Gospel to the world!
We need to share, build each other up, carry each other’s burdens, learn from each other. We need that fellowship 7 days a week! We need others’ strength when we are weak. The devil is always looking for someone to pick off. If you are trying to cross his territory alone, you aren’t likely to make it. And that’s another thing people need to understand. This his Satan’s world, not God’s. It is his for a time before judgement. God is as close as a prayer, but Satan holds sway right now. Don’t believe me? Read the news.
We need more than Sunday morning church and bible class. Those are both good things to do; worship God and learn. But those things only scratch the surface when it comes to understanding God’s Word. You can only learn so much in one hour or less per week. Publisher-prepared materials led by someone without any real training or knowledge will not get you very far either. You need to not just read, but study! Find the resources, books, people that can help you increase understanding.
Daniel and Revelation are not easy reads. I used to just give up and head back to the Gospels. I just couldn’t penetrate them. God has blessed me in recent years with resources more or less just coming to me unbidden. I’m learning about prophecy, interpreting the cryptic language that we encounter. I’m reading a book by someone who knows both Greek and Hebrew and can explain translations and how to read them.
Those books aren’t included as filler material. They contain things God would have us know. Are they difficult? Absolutely! We aren’t nearly as smart as God; it takes work. And God is looking for those who really want Him, who really seek Him; not someone who is looking for easy, armchair Christianity. He wants the sort of commitment that will work at it!
Fellowship on Sunday. Fellowship all week in person. Fellowship all week on line. Fellowship in books.
None of us can do it alone. Don’t even try! In addition to that, it’s more fun that way too!
I’m currently reading Agents of Babylon by Dr. David Jeremiah. It’s an excellent dissection of Daniel.