Why Fellowship Is Critical To Life
A creative God formed man of dust to remind him of his humble origins. Man is not a god. He did not form himself. He is not an evolved being. God put the dust together and breathed life into the dust: "Man became a living soul" (Genesis 2:7).
The purpose of man was for the pleasure of God. The infinite God created a finite being with whom he could fellowship. God who had made male and female species saw that man would not be complete without a partner.
God created woman: "And the Lord God said, ‘It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him’" (Genesis 2:18). He made the man and woman similar in size and features, but with distinctions making possible procreation of new life.
Genesis 3:1: "And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived and bare Cain, and said, ‘I have gotten a man from the Lord.’"
Two deductions can be made from this verse. First, Adam and Eve recognized that the child was a divine gift of God and belonged to God. Second, coming from their own bodies and dependent upon them for sustenance of life, the birth of the child made them a family, a social unit.
Romans 14:7,8: "For none of us lives to himself, and no man dies to himself. For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s."
Again Romans reminds us that we are social beings that need fellowship and are accountable to God in life and in death.
The Church belongs to Jesus. He founded it. He is the architect. He is the Builder. He is the Redeemer. He is the King coming for a "glorious church without stain or wrinkle" (Ephesians 5:27).
In the divine architectural design of His Church Jesus required the gathering of the Saints. He knew they need each other. He knew that in creation man and woman only thrive in a social context. He predicated a functional design that could only be maximized when the children of God gather together in worship.
Why build a building? There is no command of Jesus to build a building. In Exodus God told Moses what and how to build the Tabernacle in the Wilderness of Sinai as a place where He (God) could dwell among His people. In the New Testament Jesus made clear that the Holy Spirit dwells in the hearts of believers.
In the Old Testament there were synagogues in communities for worship and teaching. And there was the Temple in Jerusalem. After Jesus’ Ascension Christian congregations desired a place to worship. Archeological records affirm church buildings in early centuries A.D.
Why do we build a building? Why do we sacrifice to provide a place of worship?
We are social. We are Christians. Togetherness encourages us. It is life-giving. We rejoice in the presence of other believers who share our common faith in Jesus Christ. We delight in hearing testimonies of how God has proved Himself victorious in the lives of others.
We understand that in heaven we will be in holy fellowship. We understand we are community.
Our church building on Rio Road is a blessing. We are strategically located in one of the best places in our city. We are on a main road with high visibility. We have excellent parking. We have beautiful and gracious facilities.
We serve not only our own congregation but our community. Many other Christian groups and churches enjoy use of our buildings. It is difficult to imagine a day when the doors are not open for a group or the congregation.
In our love for being together, former infants in our nursery are now grown and living powerful lives for Jesus Christ. Missionaries, medical doctors, teachers, farmers, mechanics, engineers, nurses, preachers, educators, et al, and godly parents have been fashioned in the fellowship and discipleship of Covenant Church.
Our highest moments of celebration of life in Christ are in community, in worship and service to Our God!
FINISH of the building is most exciting because it will give to us greater possibilities of corporate worship and fellowship! In community we offer “My Utmost for His Highest” (Oswald Chambers), a classic Christian work speaking to why God created us.
Let us go forward with holy boldness knowing that what we are doing is righteous and eternal!
(Angels) "Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!" (Revelation 7:12).
“For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked."