“God is love and commands us to love Him. However, we cannot say we love God, yet we hate one another. It is, therefore, expedient that we harness brotherly love and fellowship in our Christian journey.”
These were the words of Prophet David Kankam Beditor, the Ashaiman Area Head of The Church of Pentecost and Chairman of the Greater Accra Regional Coordinating Committee (RCC) of the church, in a presentation on “The Power and the Beauty of Christian Fellowship” at the Ministers and Wives Conference (MWC’21 – Greater Accra Region) on Wednesday, January 27, 2021, at the Pentecost Convention Centre, Gomoa Fetteh.
Prophet Kankam Beditor, who is also an Executive Council Member of the church, urged all believers to ensure that they develop and maintain brotherly love and good Christian fellowship among themselves.
Taking his key scriptures from Psalm 133:2 and Genesis 2:18, Prophet Beditor noted that “God Himself acknowledged the power of fellowship when He said, ‘Let us make man.’”
He indicated that “since man was made in the image and likeness of God, man is also a social being and therefore cannot live in isolation, as God said ‘It is not good for man to live alone.’ This means that as Christians, the glory of God can only be revealed in our lives in its full measure if we live in harmony with one another and with all people.”
He posited that “Christian fellowship can be defined as any gathering of saints who come together to glorify God and to edify one another. It is also a state where believers share with God and with one another in life, work, pleasure, and sufferings. It is a lifelong relationship that should occur between us physically and spiritually at all times.”
He, however, bemoaned that several hindrances mitigate against the fruitful nurture and growth of Christian fellowship, saying, “If we want to build strong bonds of brotherly love and Christian fellowship, we must do away with sin, self-seeking acts, unhealthy competition, jealousy, anger, bitterness, pride, gossip, tribalism and discrimination.”
Prophet Beditor reiterated that “if we yearn for the glory of God to be seen in the church and in our lives, we must love God and transcend that love to one another.
“We can do so by making conscious efforts to live in harmony with people who may not even want to have a peaceful relationship with us. We must also make sacrifices for one another and prioritize invitations and visitations.”
Prophet David Kankam Beditor further expounded that Christian fellowship has enormous blessings and benefits that have a great impact on the church and society as a whole. He said that “any church that harnesses good Christian fellowship witnesses great anointing and revival. It also experiences spiritual growth and maturity. The world sees that church and identifies it with the oddity of Jesus Christ.”
“Finally, the church that harnesses good Christian fellowship and brotherly love invokes the manifest presence of God and gains favour in the sight of God and men,” he added.