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Ask some people what the definition of "fellowship" is and you will probably get several different answers. But most people would define fellowship as a potluck meal! Webster's dictionary has seven different definitions for the word fellowship.

Fellowship is more that a church potluck. Fellowship is sitting in the kitchen with a brother drinking a cocacola and worrying out loud about your teenagers. It's visiting at the funeral home with your friend of many years, sitting there on the couch, and not saying a word because you know each other so well you don't have to say any words.

Fellowship is taking a new couple out to eat and politely listening while they talk about back home. It's handshakes in the foyer. It's laughter and tears. It's lingering in the auditorium or parking lot for an hour after services or coming forty-five minutes early. Fellowship is slapping a new daddy on the back and saying, "I hope he looks like his mom" and he doesn't get mad, because he knows the way you meant it. It's attending the various activities of the church where you get to know better those people you hardly ever get to talk to at the worship services.

Fellowship is disagreeing in Bible class about some interpretation of a passage and then breaking bread together an hour later. It's hospital visits and get well cards and phone calls and promises of "I'll pray for you." Fellowship is tolerating each other and forgiving each other and hoping everybody else will forgive you.

Fellowship is loving each other and sticking around, even during the bad times, not because you can't go elsewhere, but because you don't want to go elsewhere. Fellowship is loving God and loving folks who meet down at the church building each Sunday and Wednesday to worship God together. Fellowship is a blessing from God!

"And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship,  in the breaking of bread, and in prayers" (Acts 2:42).

For His Cause,
Tim Woodward