Heb 4:1-2 There are challenges to walking with the king. The perils in that walk are very real. Do you embrace the good news that you hear with a response of faith? But the book also speaks to the provisions that God provides for our success and victory. Not just in the spiritual realm, that Jesus is our high priest and lives to make intercession for us, and that He comes to the aid of the tempted, that we can come boldly to the throne of grace in our times of need; that He is merciful; that He is attentive to my needs. But there is one other thing that Hebrews addresses - very real help is provided in the material realm, from those that are like-minded co-travelers. We can lock arms in arms in this great journey to the beyond. Heb 12:12-13. There are challenges. But we are here to strengthen others. There are a lot of "one another" passages in the NT that support that thought.
The nature of this fellowship: 1. We need community. Elijah and David are great examples of this. Sometimes we need a desert, but mostly we need community. God should be the first place we go when we feel isolated and alone.
2. Isolation fails to provide much needed support and encouragement. Our spiritual family provides such support and encouragement, sometimes better than our physical family. The devil wants to isolate us. There is strength in fellowship, strength in numbers.
3. Loving each other is a huge way we impact our world for the Lord.
4. Severing ties for the purpose of discipline only awakens the one practicing sin when fellowship is valued, coveted. The point of discipline is for the one disciplined to miss the association and the relationship that he has now been excluded from.
5. This fellowship is not about taking but giving. How is everyone serving me, is too often a thought of some. We need to be givers, says basically the entire NT. It is more blessed to give than to receive.
6. Because going to heaven and helping others to do the same is the paramount goal to achieve.
The path of life - Psalms 16:1-2, 6, 8, 11. We all need His fellowship and this fellowship of like-minded believers.