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What’s up guys! Well here we are, on the first week of The Mixtape Revolution Tour. Accompanying us are Kiros, Children 18:3, and The New Divide. This is our first time hanging out with most of these people, and we in Philmont feel very blessed, as every one of these bands has been friendly, generous, and humble to no end. We are looking forward to the next three weeks with them!

Today I am writing about fellowship. Camaraderie, if you will, in the context of Christianity. Chances are, most of you go to church on a pretty regular basis. Maybe some of you don’t. Either way, today there are many different formats for church, and the internet has made it possible to download sermons via podcasts, online streams, etc… and purchase worship music on iTunes. These are great resources that make it convenient to get fed outside of a physical building, but make no mistake – these are not a replacement for church. Why? Fellowship.

Hebrews 10:24-25 (New American Standard)
“And let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling, as is the habit of some; but encouraging one another; and all the more, as you see the day drawing near.”

A lot of times you hear the phrase “going to church doesn’t make you a Christian”; similarly, being a Christian doesn’t require weekly church attendance, per se. However, being involved in a church is important in many ways. On a basic level, church is an establishment to which we are called, assuming we are indeed separate from the world. It bears witness to our faith when a non-believer sees that we are indeed committed to spending time in God’s house regularly. Not going to church encourages a notion that Christians really aren’t that different from non-Christians, and that Christianity has become watered down and insincere.

Back to my main point – church is an ideal opportunity to surround yourself with other believers who can encourage you, pray for you, and keep you in check. This accountability is reinforced when you take it farther than just Sunday mornings; youth programs, small groups, Bible studies, etc… are seriously great outlets for strengthening your faith. You will find that you learn a lot more when you pray and read the Bible with a group of people compared to just having devotions on your own. God can do amazing things when His people gather in His name. Read the book of Acts, chapter 2, verses 41-47. It is pretty long, which is why I didn’t type it up here, but in it we see the early church (shortly after the ascension of Jesus) showing a new level of commitment to assembling regularly, even daily; because of this, God does many miraculous things.

Finally, having a home church enables you to effectively carry out the Great Commission. We are here, after all, to bring people into the kingdom of God, and for many of you, the best and easiest way to practice that is by inviting someone to church with you. I doubt that you frequently go up to a group of peers, give them an entire salvation sermon, and convince them all to pray with you right then and there. The very idea might scare you stiff! However, it is very easy to ask a friend to accompany you one Sunday morning to check out your church.

I have this topic on my mind because this tour that we are on has been a great example of fellowship. At every show, after soundcheck and before doors open, all the band members gather together for an in-depth Bible study, prayer, and worship. It has been an incredible time seeing everyone’s heart for God and commitment to our mission. It also makes sure that we go into each night with the right mindset and focus. Awesome stuff!

Man this is a long blog. Hopefully you read it all! If you live in Missouri, Texas, Kansas, California, Arizona, Oregon, or Washington, you better come see us play with all these awesome bands! Dates are on Facebook, Myspace, and iLike. Have a great week!

Three Songs to Buy on iTunes This Week:
1. “Oh Honestly” by Children 18:3

2. “Churches Are Serial Killers” by Emery

3. “Little Bombs” by Dashboard Confessional

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3 Comments

  1. Josiah.. three words.. YOU. ARE. AWESOME. i love love LOOVEE what you said in this blog. i dont care if it was long, you said some pretty convicting stuff. keep livin for God. youre awesome!

  2. Keep grounded in the word! 🙂 Good blog, btw!

  3. Good gracious, I love reading these blogs. You guys are so grounded in your faith, it’s way encouraging to see. It was even quite evident over supper in Garland! 😉
    I know I say it a lot, but thanks to all of you for challenging, encouraging, reminding, humbling, and cheering us (not just as fans, but friends and people too)!!!
    I’m praying for you guys on this tour, that it will be a time of continued spiritual growth. I already know you’re having fun. 😉 Take care!


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