Not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
1 Thessalonians 5:11
Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.
That is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine.
These are just a few of the many scriptures in the Bible on Fellowship. There are many more.
Technology has been a great tool for churches during the last two years of COVID. It has allowed us to watch our church services even during lockdowns.
It is easy to get used to. Grab a coffee, sit on the couch in our pajamas and watch church. And we do that for a while. We watch on Sunday morning at the regular time or maybe later in the day.
But as churches reopen, we may think it is so easy and nice to sit here on the couch, drinking our coffee in our pajamas watching church. Then we start to think how much easier it is not to have to get dressed, get the rest of the family ready to go to church when we can sit at home watching.
Then things change. One Sunday morning, you are sitting there on you couch with your coffee in your pajamas and you start to think, I wonder what else is on? We flip channels. We find something else we like to watch and Sundays change. We are now watching something other than church!
Isn’t this one of the subtle ways Satan deceives us and tempts us to do something else rather than watching the church service. You know how he lies. He will tell you go ahead, watch that other show, you can watch the church service later, no one will know.
You know how it starts: “I’ll watch church later as I have other things I could be doing OR we say “just this Sunday I will watch something else”. Eventually, after a time, we are no longer watching the church service at all! Satan has tempted us enough times with something else then we fall into the trap.
God did not design us to sit at home alone or with the family watching church. God designed us for fellowship with other believers. We need that fellowship with other Christians to remain strong. The other thing is that someone else in our church family may need you that Sunday.
I understand that some people can’t make it to church on Sundays due to health issues or work commitments or still uncomfortable being around others during this pandemic. I am not talking about those situations. We are very fortunate that we can put the church service on line so that those that cannot make it to church can still watch.
Reread the 4 scriptures at the beginning then open your bibles and search for more.
See you Sunday!
By Brian Elliott