"God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord."
1 Corinthians 1:9
We believe the only true basis of Christian fellowship is Christ’s love, which is greater than any difference we possess, and without which we have no right to claim ourselves Christians. Christians are designed to pour out the same love that we've received from the Lord into the lives of others. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 tells us "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God." We must dwell with one another in order to fulfill these commands.
Isolation is not good. The Bible tells us in Proverbs 18:1, “A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire; He rages against all wise judgment.” The New Testament stresses the need for Christians to meet together in Hebrews 10:24-25, “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”
In fact, true fellowship includes great Christ centered conversations, as one person is able to share their heart and, in return, listen to the other's as well. Having a heart to pray for one anther, feeling the freedom to share a natural word from the Lord unforced….
Diversity is a reflection of what is truly important. When a congregation embraces all people it shows that they have truly embraced Christ as priority and preeminent over all things. Segregation, on the other hand, may be a reflection that religious tradition and cultural values are more important than the supremacy of Christ. At Calvary Chapel, Christ is the first and the last and He died for all and therefore all are equal.
I’ve spent time in the Church on three different continents and have found that the love of Christ, His Word, and His Spirit breaks through the walls of division and becomes the common bond between believers. This creates real fellowship.
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