The Fellowship of the Ring is a story of cosmic and epic proportions… Good and evil are in battle… it's the story of a motley crew of individuals given a mammoth task – that must be accomplished together. They are a motley crew… Their life and the mission affects the whole of Middle Earth – and is dependent on their loyalty to one another, to Gandalf, to the mission – and on their working together, thus the designation fellowship. he fellowship is about a larger purpose, it’s risky, there’s danger… And it brings a certain kind of aliveness…a kind of life that comes from being involved in something larger, a purpose that matters.
When Paul addresses the church at Ephesus, his emphasis on community, on being the body of Christ...fellowship - has this same urgency to it. We are part of a story of cosmic and epic proportions...in a battle of good and evil...given a mammoth task...that must be accomplished together as a fellowship with a larger, crucial purpose involving risk and danger. And, most importantly, this fellowshp has a certain aliveness when lived well.
The aliveness of true fellowship comes from gathering around, walking with, and being part of the life of Jesus, who said I am the bread of life.
Scripture for Sunday, August 12th:
Rules for the New Life
25 So then, putting away falsehood, let all of us speak the truth to our neighbors, for we are members of one another. 26 Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and do not make room for the devil. 28 Thieves must give up stealing; rather let them labor and work honestly with their own hands, so as to have something to share with the needy. 29 Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up, as there is need, so that your words may give grace to those who hear. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with which you were marked with a seal for the day of redemption. 31 Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice, 32 and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you. 5 1 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children, 2 and live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.