The Fellowship of Joy

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“If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.” 1 John 1:6,7  

The church meets, not as those who have joined a common cause, or signed up for a club membership, but as the fellowship of the redeemed. Jesus said to His disciples, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit” (John 15:16). We are His people, and we owe everything to Him.

This fellowship is premised only on the truth of God. It cannot be created by our collective effort or cleverness. Nothing can imitate it. And there can be no substitute for it. It comes from only one source – walking in the light, as He is in the light.

In the imagery of John 15, only when we abide in the True Vine, drawing on the Life Source of Christ Himself, do we find unity with others whom He has called to do the same.True fellowship overflows with joy.

Inexpressible joy finds expression in worship. Genuine ‘corporate worship’ is the fellowship of believers together expressing joy. Joy in abundant blessing. Joy in deep difficulties. Joy in the midst of famine. Joy in Christ, because the light and momentary troubles are nothing compared to the glory which is to be revealed.

Genuine ‘corporate worship’, “in spirit and in truth” (Jn 7:23), happens in the fellowship of believers sharing their lives together, built on truth and centred on Christ. Is this fellowship found in our Sunday ‘services’, Home Cell groups and prayer meetings? Is this the fellowship that defines us? Or are we just acting like a club?