Fellowship’s Purpose: Spiritual Growth
Almost 2,000 years ago, in describing his personal mission, the Apostle Paul wrote these words to the Colossian church…”We proclaim Him (Christ), admonishing every man and teaching every man with ALL wisdom, so that we may present every man complete (or mature) in Christ. For this PURPOSE also I labor, striving according to His power which mightily works within me.” (Col. 1:28-29 NASB)
Paul seems to expand on this purpose in his letter to the Ephesisan church when he writes: “And He (Christ) gave some (to be) as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers (why or for what purpose or function?)–for the equipping (train, mature) of the saints (believers, holy ones… the church) for the work of service (serving…meeting Spiritual needs, ministry)…to the building up of the (entire) body of Christ (the church) until (when?) WE ALL (together, as a holy one) attain to the unity (or wholeness) of (our) the faith (or trust in Christ) and of the knowledge of the Son of God—to a mature man…” (Eph. 4:11-13 NASB)
Putting these two passages together, we arrive at Fellowship’s purpose, and I would say every church’s purpose: to create a biblical-Spiritual environment that encourages Spiritual growth and maturity…both for the individual member of the body of Christ, as well as, for the entire Body of Christ. Our goal is Spiritual growth. Christlike Spiritual maturity as individual parts serving their function within the body, as well as, the body functioning as a Spiritual whole. Nothing more and nothing less. Everything Fellowship seeks to do…every ministry fuction and activity… should run through this one biblical purpose—Christlike maturity for both the individual and the Body.
“Being a part of the Fellowship family is like being in a Spiritual greenhouse. You can’t help but grow.”Shelly Bergland