Fellowship: The Communication Key To Living In Christian Community

Although it is important for each of us in Christian Community to come away and receive His counsel in His presence it is also as vitally important that we then come together in fellowship with each other and the group as a whole is made to benefit from each individual’s private fellowship with the LORD.  Does this mean we are having a share fest of His personal business with us?  Not necessarily.  Most of the time what is in private is just that, private; but in leadership roles at least those private times may also yield instruction and guidance for the group as a whole.

We know that Jesus was often away in private before the Father, and that in those private time He was instructed as to what next.  We know this because of His telling statement about that He, the Son of Man could do nothing of His own accord without that first the Father showed Him what He, The Father, was doing.  In this manner Jesus then could relay instruction to the disciples.

When He detoured to Samaria, that would have come as instruction from a time alone in prayer.  What came of His chat with the woman at the well, was fulfilled when Philip the Evangelist went through and preached the Gospel, and the apostles came through and found the Holy Spirit disposed to “fall” on the Samaritans as He had on themselves.

Most folks would call this “having church” but fellowship can be as basic and community prayers during the day.  In large and small groups, as a whole or in departments, as it were, the keystone of Christian Community is communication to the Headship which is Christ.

 

It is also important that we listen to one and another.  If we just talk and prophecy and share we fail our brethren in now listening to what they have to say.  They may have the one piece of the puzzle that the whole group is looking for or the one piece of information towards a strategy to deal with a problem the group faces.  If as each person is heard and each sharing is discerned, as a group, answers come, issues get settled, problems get solutions and with the issues and problems of communal life in Christian Community, there will be many.

I mentioned that each sharing should be heard and DISCERNED.  For we know out adversary is out not only to devour the soul but also to get the victory over us in trickery and deceits.  So then, in the private time we need to draw close to God that He may draw close to us and there learn of Him and His word that the lies of the Enemy may become painfully apparent when in group.

As Bonnhoeffer suggested it is at the table of fellowship that discussions most often flow.  It is also at the place of community worship and the study of the Scriptures by the group as a whole that issues and problems may find answers and solutions.  Ours is to be ever vigilant as to will of God for every member of the Community, for the sake of the community as a whole.

 

So then whether private or corporate fellowship with Christ our headship is not an option.

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Leadership Roles

We as human beings have opinions and preconceived notions about how things should be. That’s no uncommon, it’s a part of being an individual. But when it comes to Christian Community preconceived notions tend to get in the way of the work of the Holy Spirit.

When we come to the “communion table” of Christian Community with our own preconceived notions based on our likes and dislikes we are moving in our flesh and not in the Holy Spirit. We may miss the reality of what the Spirit is doing or miss it when He moves on because we have begun to “fiddle” with His move. This too is not uncommon but can lead to disruption of the move and will of God.

What we have to learn is to walk in the Spirit and stay in tune with His plans. Often times He will employ means that test our convictions and ideals. Only those convictions and ideals that match His are kept as silver gold and precious gems. All else may well be viewed as wood hay and stubble. Often times He will test our walk in Him and level of His discernment in us by presenting His word and or answers to prayer in a package that tests our cultural upbringings or that challenges our personal history. Sometimes healing comes when we are placed well outside our comfort zone even to the point of reliving events that have majorly impacted us.

Our culture has a great impact on how we perceive God and His methodology for performing His will or delivering His Rema Word and even how we understand Scripture, His Logos Word. Jesus referred to the ingrained cultural rules that tended to “fence in” the Law as Traditions of men. When we depart from strictly walking without bias or expectation of how we think a thing ought to be or how we want things to occur in life but simply allow the Holy Spirit to express the will of the Father and the Word of Scripture in the manner He desires we hinder the work, frustrate the grace and sometimes miss the will of God and its blessing altogether.

In leadership roles it can also mean causing others to miss out on God’s grace as well.

Conversely, not knowing the Logos Word can open us up to listening to any old voice and being deceived.  If we let church culture or the culture and age of the world dictate our understanding and not get the Scripture into us then we are of utmost danger to the Body of Christ in general.  If we ground ourselves in the Word then we will have that “Word” as witness to compare Rhema Word of Prophetic utterance against.  If we spend time in the Personal Presence of the Living God and learn to listen to His voice, we are less likely to listen to other voices or at the very least we will know the difference.

In leadership roles it can mean the difference between blessing and catastrophe for others.  In ministering to others and “speaking into lives” it can be the difference between leading unto Truth or Error and Whoredoms.