Fellowship 101 – A Better Understanding of Who We Are
Why does Fellowship seem a little different?
Everything in life has a purpose. The same is true of the church. The church is a form, just like a hammer, a nail, a broom, a coffee cup or bath tub are all forms, each with a very specific purpose in mind. Therefore, since the church is a form, like everything else, the question naturally arises: what is this form’s (the Church’s) purpose?
In the mind of God, what was the church designed to accomplish? When it comes to the church, if one is not clear about its purpose, then it may end up doing what it wasn’t created for thus, performing a poor job at whatever it is being asked to do, along with leaving it’s intended purpose undone. Fellowship’s Philosophy of Ministry,or the system of principles that guide the way we do ministry here at Fellowship, is built on the premise that everything in creation has a purpose, and that this purpose or function determines that something’s ultimate design or form, and just as this universal truth applies to everything in life, it also applies to God’s design for the body of Christ, the church. A coffee cup was designed to hold a few ounces of a hot liquid. It does not function very well as a human bathtub. It’s too small. But while the coffee cup is too small for a human to bath in, note the similarity of both the coffee cup and the bathtub’s purpose—both were designed to hold a hot liquid. And yet, though their purposes—holding hot liquids are similar, they are not the same purpose.
And while this simple, yet universal truth may sound obvious and simple, most of us fail to observe it in many of our everyday forms of living, and so much so, that we often find ourselves enduring or attempting to maintain failing forms, including many churches, schools, businesses and cultural traditions. Why? Because we have forgotten or abandoned the function that gave rise to the original form in the first place, thus maintaining an outdated form becomes for many, the fatiguing/discouraging objective. In other words, form has become function—maintaining a dying church, a worn out building or an inefficient approach to business, life, marriage, parenting, work, eating, medicine, home-building, clothes-washing, cooking, keeping records, paying bills, traveling across country, hunting, fishing, farming, manufacturing, communicating, etc. Are you starting to get the picture? Thus, as it is true in life, it should be in the church. While a church’s function remains constant, it’s forms will change from generation to generation, from culture to culture, and that is okay, as long as, its original purpose or function is still being fulfilled—and fulfilled in a meaningful and relevant manner.
So what was the church’s original purpose? The study entitled Fellowship 101 will give you a closer look as to the Biblical purpose and function of what Jesus intended the church to be.