01 October

Run to Fellowship

The Bible teaches us in Hebrews 10:25 to not forsake “the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another; and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”

Apparently, there were already believers in the First Century who were skipping church. Things don’t change much.

Rick Renner tells us in his book, Sparkling Gems from the Greek (Volume 2), that “forsaking” is a compound word made up of three different Greek words; ek, kata, and leipo.

Ek is “out.”

Kata is “down.”

Leipo is “behind” or “to be lacking.”

When these three words are compounded, we get the picture of people who are down and out; they feel left behind. In other words, they feel outside the circle - they feel left out and defeated.  And the big problem is that as they feel that way, they begin to act out their feelings. When Christians need encouragement the most, they run away from those who can help them most. They miss the exhortations that remind them that they can make it.

We are meant to live our Christian lives in connection. We are family. The church doesn’t just come together to sing songs and give offerings. We walk with one another.

Sometimes when we are walking we are the ones giving the encouragement. Other times we are the ones who need encouragement very badly. In both cases, we do it together.

Find a Neighbourhood Group and get connected. If you are between 18 and 35, come on out on Sunday evening, October 15th and meet some people and make friends.

Ladies, come on out to “Sister Life” on the same evening or make the decision to come to Tuesday Mornings in the Network Cafe (Pinehouse Location) at 9:15am every Tuesday morning. Young couples with young children, there are two evening groups each week designed for you. Go to the Information Centre and get more details. There are lots of points of connection!

Run to fellowship. Don’t let your feelings talk you into staying away.

                                                                                           .......... Pastor John