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The Fellowship of Believers, Part 2

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Ephesians 6:21-24

N.T. Wright said, "The church exists primarily for two closely correlated purposes: to worship God and to work for his kingdom in the world ... The church also exists for a third purpose, which serves the other two: to encourage one another, to build one another up in faith, to pray with and for one another, to learn from one another and teach one another, and to set one another examples to follow, challenges to take up, and urgent tasks to perform. This is all part of what is known loosely as fellowship."

Leonard Ravenhill said, "I stand before hundreds of preachers and I see them shrink and fall on the ground and cry because they have no prayer life. They're so busy with all the affairs of the church and they're not ministering to Him!"

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: "News of the Welsh Revival encouraged many in Southern California to pray to intensify their efforts. In 1907, a small church in Los Angeles saw the crowds grow at their meetings until the converted house in which they met collapsed. They moved into a vacated Methodist church on Asuza Street. During the revival that followed, people began speaking in tongues, a phenomenon that attracted international attention."

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There is another element of the fellowship of believers that we see as Paul begins to close out his letter to the Ephesians, and that is his relationship with Tychicus. Paul calls Tychicus "a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord." He is an associate of Paul mentioned four other times in Scripture. Paul seems to have relied on him and entrusted him with some of his affairs.

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