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Although completely independent of everything and needing nothing, God chose to have fellowship with man. In the first week of the created order, He spoke the universe into existence, including the stars, planets, sun and moon, seas, plants and animals. With each passing day in that first week of structured time, His glory was made manifest; nevertheless, none of these things bore His image or had intimate fellowship with Him. That privilege, He reserved for His culminating creative act, man and woman, husband and wife, the genesis of the family.
In the cool of the evening, God walked and talked with Adam and Eve with the Garden of Eden serving as an idyllic backdrop. Sadly, this scene of spiritual and relational perfection was marred by the fall; however, God’s unchanging commitment to fellowship with man never faltered as He later called Israel to be His chosen possession, a generation of priests. With the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ upon the cross, Gentiles were grafted into the vine as well. Being the sons of Abraham through Christ, each of us can have fellowship with the Father through the Son.
Out of His overflow of greatness and goodness, God ordained that this sweet fellowship would just not be vertical in direction but horizontal as well. The sanctity of these spiritual relationships here on earth is accentuated by titles we hold most dear, familial language, like brother and sister. God puts a holy exclamation on this divine scenario by sending numerous commands that include, “one another.”
These patterns of fellowship have encouraged the church through seasons of persecution, spiritual darkness, and reformation. They were there when the apostles gathered at Pentecost, when Luther tacked his ninety-five theses on the Wittenberg doors, and when the Puritans set sail on the Mayflower to America. Wherever the heart of the true church pulsates, there is genuine fellowship.
This fellowship with man is made possible only through fellowship with the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. We invite you to drink deeply at this fount as like-minded believers gather together on the first weekend in May 2017 to fellowship with God and His people.
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