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There is a great difference in excellency, usefulness, and comfort between people of clear, digested knowledge, and confused, undigested apprehensions. -Richard Baxter

let’s really define our terms here: fellowship

if you’ve been in the evangelical sub-culture for any length of time, you’ve probably heard a word bandied about that people outside that sub-culture tend not to use: fellowship.

It’s definitely a biblical word so its use is warranted, but so is having a clear definition, lest we dilute its meaning into something less potent than its intended meaning. For fellowship certainly entails a warm and welcoming environment, but it has purposes much larger than just being together.

I don’t want to sound like a drill-sargeant about a kind of gathering that many times has no structure or noticeable purpose other than coming to know one another more fully, but fellowship, as the following words argue, does have an ultimate goal beyond “having a good time together.”

Last month, we ate bbq and shot skeet. Great fun. Your servant-leadership team has been brainstorming other kinds of gatherings that help us relax, but also get to know one another. The idea being that as a community comes to know one another, that community learns how to speak to and love one another.

So read the words below and feel free to make suggestions: how do we gather so that we honor the overriding purposes of fellowship?

Explosive Fellowship :: Desiring God Christian Resource Library

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