As I wrap up this week sharing some of the things I saw and learned during my day watching behind the scenes of the Jim Bakker Show, I have to focus on what I saw then the show was over.
I set up camp in the cafe and began to write about my experiences when I noticed the students from Master’s Media trickling in as the show ended and they finished their daily tasks. They gathered around various tables, ordered their meals and started to joke and laugh and talk.
It wasn’t something faked for the audience. Most of the people who watched the taping of the show had either sat at different tables or completely left the area. These kids actually enjoyed the fellowship of each other and they didn’t care that they might be laughing a little too loud or bouncing from table to table.
A few of them even ventured over to say hello and introduce themselves to me. There was genuine joy about them and it made the interactions I observed seem even more real.
It was a great reminder to me about the power of true fellowship.
Whether we like it or not, people with a dislike for Christians like to point out the times we gather together and something negative comes out of it. It’s fashionable for people to bash Christians in the press and on the web.
Yet when Christians come together with a purpose aimed at joy, love and encouragement it can be a very powerful, infectious force. A deep fellowship and connection can encourage people to do things that they would never believe they could do on their own.
We were born for fellowship with other believers.
These kids were a great example of the power of fellowship.
Where do you find the greatest fellowship with other Christ followers?
(If you missed my other series on my behind the scenes thoughts at the Jim Bakker Show, click here to read the conclusion.)