One of the best gifts of laboring in the vineyard is the fellowship with like-minded Christians. John writes in 1 John 1:1-3, “What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the Word of Life—and the life was manifested, and we have seen and testify and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was manifested to us—what we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ. These things we write, so that our joy may be made complete.”
The fellowship of the Saints on the earth is grounded in our great God and Savior, is part of the gift of salvation, reflects the fellowship of the trinity and is intended to bring great joy.
When you are with other Saints who’s passion is to preach the Gospel and therefore love the Lord Jesus there is tremendous joy. The fellowship before, during and after an outreach creates ongoing conversations regarding Scripture, evangelistic encounters, methods of ‘fishing for souls’ and ‘sewing the Seed’, prayers and general intimate Christian interaction.
The interaction at Sports Fan Outreach is based on evangelistic work but when pastors or teachers gather there is surely a similar type of intimacy. However, evangelistic work brings about a particular focus on the cross of Christ, salvation, sanctification and often apologetics.
If you like or are called to evangelistic work then you will find that becoming immersed in the work leads you to intimacy with other evangelists and that facilitates the joy from the work.