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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Socializing or Fellowship

Do you prefer to socialize at large parties, have a dinner for four, or spend a quiet evening with a friend? Why? (Serendipity Bible 10th Anniversary Edition, page 1497). 


To answer this question I refer to Chapters 18 & 19 in the book The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren.  Warren says that in fellowship size matters: Smaller is better.  In real fellowship people experience authenticity, mutuality, sympathy, and mercy.  Cultivating a community takes honesty, humility, courtesy, confidentiality, and frequency.   I have strong predilections for small groups and often feel that I am constrained to be dishonest in large social gatherings where conversations always tend to take place towards the shallow end of the pool.


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