• Bishop Keith Butler

The Importance Of Fellowship

If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. (1 John 1:6-7)


It’s important to note that 1 John is written to Christians. Many have said that this letter was written to those who do not know God, but in chapter 2, verse 1, he addressed his readers as my little children. It is evident within the context that this book was written to those who are believers.



1 John 1:6-7 says that if we claim to walk in fellowship with God, we also will walk in fellowship with one another. In other words, Christians who won’t fellowship with other Christians do not show evidence of having a good relationship with God Himself.

The light that we are called to walk in has an innate desire to be in fellowship with others. You shouldn’t run into the church when the preaching starts and run out after it ends. You need to introduce yourself to others, connect with people, and find out who they are and where they come from.

It doesn’t matter what size your church is; each of us can meet someone. Without fellowship, you are not fulfilling the totality of the Christian experience.

God designed us for relationships to help each other during difficult times, celebrate with together when we have faith victories and challenge one another when we become apathetic. Don’t live your Christian life alone. A lonely Christian is a light trying to shine by itself in the darkness. One candle can light only a portion of the room, but one hundred candles burning brightly together will overcome the darkness. Be a light that finds others to shine with. 


Practical Application – Meet someone new this week. Make it a goal to learn one person’s name each week at church and find a way to encourage them.


Mark 12:31, Ephesians 5:1

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