Safety In Numbers
Sheep (by nature) have a very strong flocking instinct, likewise God Himself has intended and purposely ordained that His sheep flock together, united in truth and love.
“Sheep are gregarious. They will usually stay together in a group while grazing. A sheep will become highly agitated if it is separated from the group. It is the banding together in large groups which protects sheep from predators which will go after the outliers in the flock. Sheep are a very social animal. Animal behaviourists note that sheep require the presence of at least 4 or 5 sheep which when grazing together maintain a visual link to each other” (online source: sheep 101 Info)
Although their are plenty of scriptures supporting the heart of God for fellowship, perhaps no where is it more evidently illustrated than in Hebrews 3:12-14:
“Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God. But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we have become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our assurance firm until the end”
And Hebrews 10:22-25:
“let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near”.
Our Lord has clearly intended for fellowship of the saints to be an antidote against worldliness and deception of the heart. True Christian fellowship can serve as a remedy against sin and deception creeping into our lives, for by it we are challenged, admonished and reproved. Our hearts are stirred, our spirits refreshed and our lives are provoked by our fellow brethren.
“If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 6-7).
It is our sincere hope and desire, that this VISION will truly be made a reality at forthcoming conference retreats.
O LORD BE THOU OUR VISION!!