קהילת תלמידי ישוע
Talmidei Yeshua Fellowship
95 Milvan Drive, North York, Ontario

Purpose of Assembling

A great deal of emphasis has been placed on assembling together throughout the millennia but why is this the case - what is the purpose of fellowship? This is a question that we at the Talmidei Yeshua Fellowship take very seriously. Many people will point out that it is a Biblical order (for indeed it is) to do so yet there are many who do not truly understand the heart of this commandment. Some find it an effective, entertaining past-time for an otherwise long, tedious day without work. Others believe it is a place to learn new things about the Scriptures. Still others believe it is a place to socialize with people of similar belief and priorities. Some believe it is a duty, a mitzvah, to attend the congregation on a weekly basis and will censure those who do not do as they do, aptly forgetting the countless wilderness experiences mentioned throughout the Tanakh and B'rit Chadasha! 

While some of these points (along with many others) are valid, their emphasis is not entirely Biblical. Consider the following verses in Hebrews 10:24-25: "And let us be concerned for one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging, and so much more as you see the day coming near." Indeed the command to assemble is explicit but note the reasons stated for this: "to stir up love and good works", "encouraging", etc. A fellowship is the gathering together of believers with the primary objective of driving and helping each other to prepare for the coming end, to spread the Word, and to fulfill the mitzvot and orders of Yeshua.

Though often said this is seldom applied (or emphasized!) for it is very difficult to do. There are several obstacles to this Biblical fellowship, many of which originate from speech (slandering and gossiping) and, ultimately, the quarrelsome pleasures that battle in one's members (see James 4:1). Sadly, many congregations become breeding grounds for slander, gossip, arguing, accusing, etc. What is the cause of all of this? The complex issue that has plagued so many can be named in one word, "pride", and fixed in one action: "Humble yourselves in the sight of the Master, and He shall lift you up." (James 4:10) If Elohim commands believers to do something, they can have faith in Him to enable them to obey it!

Our Fellowship has made this a paramount goal - to humble ourselves and refuse to partake in slander, gossip, and belligerence. Unfortunately, however, this task is entirely beyond the grasp of man (see James 3:8) so we turn to יהוה in deference and pray continually to grow together as a group. This theme is a common one, reiterated by the leadership and the whole assembly, for it is one that is central to the efficacy of a congregation.

In their zeal to prevent this litigiousness, many run into a common mistake: to avoid these forms of evil speech. This approach is guaranteed to fail! Instead of focusing on what not to do, we must be diligent to speak only that which is good, upbuilding (Romans 14:19), knowing that "when words abound, transgression is not absent." (Proverbs 10:19) We must remember that: "you were bought with a price, therefore glorify Elohim in your body and in your spirit, which are of Elohim." (I Corinthians 6:20) The believer must not only recognize this but live with this thought permanently etched in their consciousness in order to fight the good fight without falling to the vices of the Adversary who attempts to kindle any conflict possible!

We at the Fellowship only desire constructive, upbuilding conversation which motivates, encourages, and helps one another race yet harder for the Glory of יהוה . Useless, unproductive speech is highly discouraged (Proverbs 29:11) and cutting down of others is not tolerated. In every case of the sowing of such discord, the process delineated by Yeshua (Matthew 18:15-17) must begin in a prayerful, humble manner (See Galatians 6:1).

That said, this vigilance is not a paranoia! We do not search for slander or gossip, intent on accusing each other of the sin (this is the very thing we prayerfully seek to avoid!), but, as individuals and as a congregation, deal with these problems as they come into the light. This duty to correct in the Biblical manner must be exercised lovingly (for everyone's benefit) and without fail. Otherwise, the rewards of the congregation (encouragement, up-building, stirring up love, etc.) are utterly lost.

So, to conclude, when we gather together on Shabbats, we at the Talmidei Yeshua Fellowship make it our goal to speak only that which is up-building, encouraging, and insightful, speaking neither of our own interests (see Isaiah 58:13) nor of negativity towards others. Instead, we must be vigilant against these evils and take the time to focus completely on יהוה. If we can do this, we will be able to strengthen each other in enormous ways to furthering the Kingdom of Heaven! Let us set aside our pride, offenses, and the desires of the flesh in deference and rise up to serve The Most High יהוה in the name of His Son Yeshua!





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