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   Furthermore, the Bible tells us how often the Israelites met and have fellowship. The Israelites met regularly on several appointed days to cooperatively read the Torah and to seek the face of God.  They met on the Sabbath day, the New Moons, and other appointed days (Second Chronicles 8:13). During the ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ, our Lord and His disciples met regularly and fellowshipped. Moreover, the early churches also have several appointed days of meeting in order to have fellowship.

   Today, the churches must have their own appointed days of meeting. The elders and the general congregation must faithfully meet on those days for fellowship. Concerning the meeting of the saints, Hebrew 10:25 says, “Not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near,” (NKJV).  The first part of this verse emphasizes our devotion to the meetings. And the second part, which speaks about encouraging one another, also emphasizes the functioning of all the saints in the church meetings. This means, we must faithfully devote ourselves to meeting, and in our meetings, each member must share the riches of Christ with the saints for the building up of the church. In this way, we will receive edification, gain perfection, and be established in the faith.

   I want to suggest that in the various localities, the eldership should appoint a day for the meeting of the youths, a day for the meeting of the sisters, and a day for their own meeting besides the general meeting days of the church. This may enable some saints who are not able to make any contribution in the general meetings to also contribute and fully take part in the fellowship. It also makes it possible for the leading ones to concentrate on some saints and help them more effectively. Finally, it makes room for some topics to be treated more comprehensively.

3. Brother with Brother Fellowship

   As the name indicates, brother with brother fellowship is when two or more saints come together to seek the Lord, to enjoy the Lord, and to share the riches of Christ with one another. Though this fellowship only takes place between a few brethren for a short time, it is effective and releases tremendous power. Brother with brother fellowship refreshes our Christian lives and drives away spiritual death.

   Brother with brother fellowship can usually take place during our visit with each other, when we are walking along the street, when we are in a vehicle, at leisure in our workplaces, and during our phone calls. Dear saints, on any occasion that two or more brothers have the opportunity to get into contact with each other, they should have fellowship. In our visit with one another, we should spend time praying together, sharing the word, and calling upon the name of the Lord together. When we are walking along the street, we should engage in healthy discussions that will stir up our zeal to take hold of the Lord rather than that which will quench our prayer life. In vehicles, we should call on the name of the Lord for there is salvation in the name (Romans 10:13). In our workplaces, we should read the Bible together and discuss the verses that inspire us. Our conversations with one another on phone should be seasoned with grace for upbuilding. All that we should do or say when we are in contact with one another should be life-impacting and strength releasing.

   I want to emphasize our visit with the saints. The kind of visit that is befitting a believer who is striving to be well-pleasing to the Lord is the visit that leads to the enjoyment and sharing of the riches of Christ together for upbuilding. I implore you, my brethren, that we should not wander about from house to house gossiping, backbiting, slandering, and propagating bad news and therefore sow seeds of discord, strife, and hatred among the brethren. Otherwise, we are visiting to spread spiritual death to the saints.

   “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head, running down on the beard, the beard of Aaron, running down on the edge of his garments. It is like the dew of Hermon, descending upon the mountains of Zion; for there the Lord commanded the blessing – life forevermore,” (Psalm 133 NKJV).

 

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