Hebrews 10:23-25, Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful. 24And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

This week’s blog focus is on Five keys to your Spiritual Growth.
Key number one: We Must Read Our Bibles.
Key number two: We Must Do What It Says.
Key number three: We Must Learn To Pray.
Key number four: We Must Learn to Fellowship With Other Believers.

Fellowshipping is being with, spending time with and doing things with others who also love Christ. Why is that? Because that is where we gain encouragement and strength to live out our Christian values. Probably the best passage in the New Testament that delineates the benefits of fellowship is found in Hebrews, “23Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful. 24And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another…(Hebrews 10:23-25).

From that simple passage we see three clear outflows of fellowshipping with other believers.
1. Our faith is strengthened. We are told to have an ‘unswerving’ faith.  Being surrounded by believers helps keep us on path.
2. Our good deeds are encouraged.  We are told to ‘spur’ one another on toward good deeds.  Sometimes we need a figurative-swift kick to keep us focused on what really matters- love and good deeds.
3. We get to encourage others. We are told not to ‘give up’ on meeting together.  It is easy to justify not getting together with other believers- Our priorities get off; our schedules get busy, and we, quite frankly, get a little lazy.  We must have this time of encouragement and this opportunity to encourage others.

In other words, when we fellowship with other believers, they build us up while we build them up. It’s a WIN – WIN situation!

Think about it and have a blessed day!
John Mark Caton
SENIOR PASTOR
office: 972.359.7777 x1021
pastor@cottonwoodcreek.org