Church Fellowship: To Guard against Persistent Errorists, to Cherish Unity in Truth
In order for a concept to be passed on to the next generation, it must first be well grasped by the generation that is passing on the concept. When the concept is the understanding of biblical principles, the passing on of the concept becomes vitally important. A brief examination of the biblical principles of church fellowship as well is its history in Lutheranism in America shows that this concept is not one that can be easily passed on from one generation to the next. In some situations applicatory decisions can be made for the sake of good order to make the biblical principles of church fellowship more easily understood. Whatever applications were established in one situation might be inappropriate to be passed on or applied to any other situation. Church fellowship is often spoken of in its negative sense, the “what-we-cannot-do” side. Church fellowship is a blessing; a blessing for which our Lord implores that we strive with constant, loving intent. Biblical principles of church fellowship need to be well grasped by each individual Christian, so that the principles can be well applied to each situation.