Fellowship With God


 “Friends and Family Day” at the Jasper Church of Christ is a special day that has been set aside for our members to invite others to come and worship God with us.  It is our desire that our guests have an enriching spiritual experience that will forever affect their lives.  God has shared His immense love with us through His Son (John 3:16) and asks us to share our faith and love for Him with others (Matthew 28:19-20).

As the church of  Christ we share our faith in God by bringing Him glory through our worship and service to Him.  Christians strive to live faithfully in His Grace every day.  The apostle Paul wrote, “That the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ (2 Thess. 1:12).  He also wrote, that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory (Eph. 1:12).

Our task is to display God’s grace to a world that does not know or serve Him.  The church is, a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light (2 Peter 2:9).  Those who are a part of the Lord’s church are very special to Him and enjoy His fellowship.

We acquire His grace and fellowship through obedience to His word.  Jesus said, “If you love me keep My commandments” (John 14:15).  Abraham set an example of obedience when he was willing to offer Isaac on the altar.  Because of his devoted faith to God “’it was accounted to him as righteousness’ – and he was called a friend of God” (James 2:21-23).  When we obey Him we are also His friends.

As Christians our daily lives reflect our love and obedience to Christ. The apostle Paul said, “For me to live is Christ” (Philippians 1:21).  Part of living for Him is making friends for Him or sharing Christ with others.   People could see in the life of Peter and John that they had been with Jesus (Acts 4:13).  They spent their lives sharing their friendship with Jesus with other people.  The apostle John wrote, that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ (1 John 1:3).  Our desire at the Jasper Church of Christ is to extend our friendship and fellowship with God to you.

Our faith grows as we learn more about God through His Word.  The apostle Paul wrote, “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ” (Romans 10:17).  We invite all of our friends and family to share and enjoy the fellowship we have with God.  So, please come and “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” with us (2 Peter 3:18).

— Bruce Leonard —