Visions from the Vincents

February 4, 2009

1. Because sgs encourage biblical fellowship (1 Jn 1:1-10, Acts 2:42, Php 2:1)

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Biblical fellowship is the focus of sgs and all other reasons flow from this one. Many assume biblical fellowship automatically happens in a small church or in a church with a fellowship hall. However, many small churches and fellowship halls have never had true “biblical fellowship.” John 1 tells us that Christian fellowship begins with a special fellowship with God made possible by Jesus Christ and evidenced by the presence of the Holy Spirit. Once that relationship is made right, relationships with other Christians are brought to life. The New Testament is clear—sharing a common geographic local with another Christian doesn’t constitute biblical fellowship. Biblical fellowship centers on the Scriptures and their application. If you know me, you know I am not advocating boring relationships that do not appreciate the finer things of life like football or American Idol. But, we need to make sure our fellowship is centered on Christ or it isn’t distinctly Christian. Sgs are focused on having biblical fellowship. They serve to help us make sure that we are centering our conversations on Christ and the application that flows from life in Him. The natural outpouring of this kind of fellowship is my second reason.

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