The Blessings and Benefits of Fellowship

Psalm 133:1-3

There are biblical principles in the word of God given to benefit God’s people and to bring glory to God.

Relationships matter to God, and it really should matter to us.

The principle of fellowship has always existed since the creation of Adam and Eve. 

The Bible informs us that God made Adam and Eve and placed them in a perfect place to live in fellowship with each other and with God.

Adam and Eve were living the best life until Satan was able to break the fellowship between God and the two of them.

Adam and Eve became adversaries as they blamed each other for the broken fellowship.

God was forced to put the man and woman out of the Garden of Eden and life was never the same. All because they did not adhere to the principle of fellowship.

Greater Hopewell we have been called into fellowship with God the Father, the Son, and Holy Ghost.

I Cor. 1:9, “God is faithful by whom ye were called unto fellowship of the Son Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Our God is a God of purpose and his plan for our lives is to get along through loving one another.

Hebrews 13:1, “Let brotherly love continue.”

The reason for the principle of fellowship is found in this 133rd Psalm. Fellowship is a blessing to God when we are loving each other, and it benefits the saints spiritually.

I.     Fellowship is good for the saints- vs. 1.
II.    Fellowship is pleasant to the Savior- vs.1b.
III.  Fellowship is refreshing of the saints- 2-3.

Our vertical relationship with God enables our horizontal relationship with each other to live in the fellowship of loving God through loving each other.

My brothers and sisters, it’s easy to hate and despise each other but that is harmful and hurtful to our physical and spiritual being.

But when we are loving and serving together it grows us spiritually and we become more like Christ and our feelings are not so easily hurt.

Therefore, the Bible emphatically teaches the blessing and benefits of fellowship.

I.     Fellowship is good for the saints- vs. 1.

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity,”

The word good is tobe in the Hebrew and means to benefit, it’s not just feeling good but is good.

Brethren is both men and women!

Dwelling together in unity is the perfect picture of fellowship.

Living in harmony is loving and serving God together.
  • Loving God is worshipping together.
  • Serving God is ministering together.
  1. How good, suggest exceedingly good.
  • Abundantly, cup running over good. 
  1. Fellowship is good, spiritually, emotionally, and physically.
  • Spiritually, we become like Christ.
  • Emotionally, it fills our emotional tank for living.
  • Physically, it builds a healthy body.
  1. Fellowshipping in love removes barriers that hinders spiritual maturity.
  • How we feel about one another matters.
  • How we feel about one another determines the depth of our relationship with God.
  • If we are growing warmer through fellowship, God is more involved in our lives in every aspect.
Therefore, fellowship is good for the saints!
II.    Fellowship is pleasant to the Savior- 1b.
“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity.”
  1. Nothing pleases God more than seeing his children loving and sharing life together.
  • Not just being together in one place but dwelling together in unity.
  1. When every child of God recognizes every other Christian as brother and sister in the Lord, it is pleasant to the Savior.
  2. Dwelling together in worship is pleasant to the Lord.
This is the scene that most likely David saw when penning these words. The house of Israel, on the same page, in the same place, and worshipping the same God.

Likewise, when the church of God come together in the same place in harmony with the same purpose to worship and praise the name of Jesus.

The song, “We’ve come into his house together in his name to worship Him, so forget about yourselves and concentrate on him and worship him. So, let’s lift up holy hand and magnify his name and worship Him.”
  • Fellowshipping through worship is pleasant to the Lord, our God.

III.  Fellowship is refreshing of the saints- vs. 2-3.
“It is like the precious ointment upon the head that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard that went down to the skirts of his garments; as the dew of Hermon and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion for there the LORD commanded the blessing even life for evermore.”
  1. God uses the fellowship of the saints to refresh the saints.
  2. When we are getting along with one another, we are refreshing each other through loving and serving.
  3. When we gather to worship and our minds and hearts are stayed on Jesus, God is pleased, and we are refreshed through fellowshipping together.
  4. David describes and illustrates the refreshing of the saints through the consecration ceremony of the Jewish priest.
  • Fellowship is like the precious ointment that covers all of Aaron's body from his head to toe.
  • Fellowship is like the dew of Mt. Hermon that descended on Zion.
  • There the LORD commanded the blessing.
Greater Hopewell that tells us that if we are truly loving and serving one another, God has commanded the blessings.

Fellowshipping together through worship warrants God’s blessing!

Is there anybody here that wants to be blessed? Well, the blessings are in the fellowshipping!

Loving, caring, and sharing life together to the glory of God!