Adult Bible Fellowship: Is Fellowship the Goal?

We need more Bible study. We need more in depth focus. We need the meat of the Word. So goes the pleas  for Bible study. I would argue that I do not need more knowledge or greater understanding of deep truths, but rather greater obedience to the truths I know already. It is not an either/or proposition, but a both/and possibility.

Is fellowship a goal? Yes. Is fellowship the end result? Emphatically no. Producing committed disciples of Jesus Christ is our intended result. The intent of our Adult Bible Fellowships is not greater knowledge, nor is it simply a “tighter-knit” church. The aim is to have fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ. This happens, not individually, but corporately as individuals build bridges of friendship to others and involve them in their ABF. Involve them in their ABF not simply for Bible study, but so that you and they can “live life together.” Discipleship happens in a relationship.

You can tell me how to live the Christian life, but what I need is for someone to allow me close enough into their lives where I can watch them live the genuine, authentic Christian life.

2 Responses

  1. That last line really sums it up!

  2. Thanks, Jodi. I heard a quote this past week that summarizes that last sentence even more. While our Christianity certainly is personal it is never private. Christianity can never be private. Genuine Christianity is constantly being passed on from one life to another.

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