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Exactly What Is Christian Fellowship?

Posted on October 16, 2008

The way I see it,a group of more than a handful of menis not Christian fellowship.Why? In a larger group, we guys don't get real with one another. We tend to have on our game faces. We don't open up. We don't reveal our inner struggles (yeah, we all have them).

So what's the point of superficial, casual conversation? How is that experiencing real life? Jesus chosetwelve to get up close and personal - but with only three to be super intimate with (Peter, James and John).

So, size does matter.Smaller is better. When larger? Well, you get lost in anonymity. You hide the stuff that countswith an active faith life.

Isn't it interesting that the things that matter most to us, we talk about least?

The secret is a few deep-spirited friendships where there is absolute trust amongour band of brothers.

"If you think of your church as a ship, the small groups are the lifeboats attached to it,"says PastorRick Warren.

Jesus: "When two of you get together on anything at all on earth and make a prayer of it, my Father in heaven goes into action. And when two or three of you are together because of me, you can be sure that I'll be there." (Matthew 18:19-20 -Message Bible paraphrase)

Men Who Winbond together in soul knitting, spirit expanding friendships. It is the only way God can use us toour fullest potential.

So, Brothers, keep looking, searching, and praying until you find one or two other Christian men to meet with regularly that you can get real with.

Listen to my Accountability Friendships Demonstrated -- a Mp3 recordingof three confidants/friends meeting, praying, encouraging, and holding one another accountable.

Order a DVD of Accountability Friendships Demonstrated.

by Gary Chester

I took a large risk years ago that has paid mega dividends. I called a guy I didn't know well and asked him if he'dlike to get together regularly to pray and hold each other accountability in our Christian walk. Here's the reason I mustered up courage to phone him: I had hit a dry, barren period in my faith. God seemed distant and uninterested in me. Some sin issues were dogging me, too.
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