God encouraged us to fellowship — to come together for a sacred purpose, on the seventh-day Sabbath — Saturday.
Leviticus 23:3 indicates that God wants us to come together for a sacred purpose. He calls it a day of sacred assembly. God has given us 6 days to meet for other purposes, but the seventh day is set aside as a day of “sacred assembly.”
I am calling this purpose “fellowship.”
Fellowship is “spiritual socializing.” Biblically it is an interesting word. It is used 85 times in the Old Testament. 84 of those times it refers to a specific offering called the “fellowship offering.” This offering was a sharing of spiritual intimacy between God, the priest and the penitent sinner bringing the offering.
In the New Testament, the root word is Koinonia which means “Common” – Common goals, ownership, property, ideas. It conveys the action of sharing – partaking, contributing, sharing together in a common cause.
Jesus said we need to be one with each other. Fellowship is a state of selflessly viewing others’ needs as though they were your own. Christianity is not a spectator sport – it is about participating — about getting out of the box seats and spectator stands and getting into the arena. It demands we get dirty and sometimes bloody. Rarely to save ourselves, but in a commitment to the fellowship.
Fellowship is built on a foundation of mercy. Fellowship is necessary for self-awareness.
Let us not give up meeting together in our sacred assembly on God’s Sabbath day as the fellowship of believers. Fellowship is so much more than spiritual socializing – it is bonding together in a shared mission, together with shared companions, against shared obstacles, using our shared talents and resources.