The early Christians plainly emphasized the importance of fellowship. Acts 2:42 states, “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” In the early church, every day, going to the temple together and eating together in their houses, they blessed their food with happy and grateful hearts, honoring God and showing favor with everyone. (Acts 2:46-47).
Why is Christian Fellowship So Important?
The New Testament word for fellowship, “koinonia,” expresses the concept of being together for mutual benefit. Hebrews 10:24-25 shares this notion, to paraphrase: And let us think about how to encourage one another to love and do good, not disregarding coming together, as is the habit of some, but uplifting each other…Two reasons fellowship with other believers is vital are because it encourages good works and helps express love to one another.
A third crucial reason for Christian fellowship is its effect on unbelievers. Jesus told His disciples, “By this, all people will know that you are my disciples if you have a love for one another” (John 13:35). The love Christians have for one another can sway others toward faith in Jesus Christ.
Furthermore, another critical reason for Christian fellowship is the opportunity to pray together. Early believers were devoted to prayer, both in groups and individually. In James 5:14-16, elders were called together to pray for those who had sinned and the sick. This obliged being together.
Christian fellowship is also vital for church decision-making. In both Acts 6 and Acts 15, the early church came together to make crucial decisions about the future direction of the church. These entailed prayer, community, and close discussion.
Christian fellowship is necessary for baptism. A new Christian can’t baptize herself or himself since it’s not a public profession of faith. Christians come together to celebrate a person’s baptism and serve as a testimony of the person’s dedication to a new life in Jesus Christ.