Today the understanding of people regarding church is like a building. This is not a biblical understanding of the church. The word “church” comes from the Greek word ekklesia which is defined as “an assembly” or “called-out ones.” The root meaning of “church” is not that of a building, but of people.
The Church is not a building or a denomination. According to the Bible, the church is the body of Christ—all those who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ for salvation (John 3:16; 1 Corinthians 12:13).
Today This Message is about the Fellowship as Church with Fellow brothers.
Philippians 1:5-6,17,11,19 ,21
“ Your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now;
6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
11 Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.
But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defense of the gospel.
17 What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretense, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.
19 For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,
21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
The above passages from Philippians in which Paul says about our Fellowship since the day we ‘re redeemed, saved and walking in the faith describes us.
He clearly mentioned that he the Almighty God has begun a good work in us, and he wants to see and expect that the seed which has been planted us is growing as per his will and bearing good fruits.
Whenever next time we step into the church or see in our neighborhood that if anyone is low in faith are we just ignoring it or considering it to obey God’s commandments, as Romans says 15:1-2, 5 “We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.
Let every one of us please his neighbor for his good to edification.
Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:
Paul speaks of ‘fellowship in the Gospel’ from the first day to until the coming of Jesus Christ. Paul meant people connect with each other to encourage each other and support each other to build their faith so that their faith remains and grows until the coming of Christ.
If we are going to Church and coming back with no good effect on our faith then we need to ask ourselves, what we are doing in the name of ‘Church’. Or Fellowship Are we part of the Body of Christ or of a religious gathering?.
When we step into the Church we need to remember as partners of Christ, we are called to encourage others in faith, it is our duty. If we are not doing it then how can we say we are in Christ? If we have the fire of Christ then how can there be coldness in us?
So what verse 21 says for to me is life is Christ and to die is gain.
We must live as Christ that our prayers will be salvation for others and supply spirit of Christ, as said by Paul..it is our responsibility to hold hands for the fellow brothers.