CIF -Christians Gathering Together In Fellowship
If you would like to join other believers in simple fellowship, gathering informally for friendship, help, support, encouragement and The Lord's Supper, please contact us by using the details provided on the 'Contact Us' page of this site. Thank you. (Scroll down for more about 'Christians Gathering'...)
Meeting with Christians Gathering in Simple Fellowship
If you live in Hamilton, New Zealand we invite you to join us for fellowship, prayer, the Lord's Supper and more... If you would like to join us click the link above and we will arrange to provide the details of venue, times and dates.
We have been meeting like this since Nov 2011. Praise the Lord!
What is 'CIF -Christians Gathering in Fellowship'? Christians Gathering in Fellowship is exactly what the name implies. We are a group of Christians and interested folk who meet in a simple manner without any particular structure or organisation to share in fellowship around the person of Jesus. We do this to offer friendship, support, help and encouragement on a very personal level.
Our conviction is that followers of the Lord Jesus are jointly responsible for these things and not just one or two professional 'ministers'. We believe the Bible teaches this as the 'self edification of the body by the body' (Eph 4:16). Therefore the whole purpose of gathering together can be briefly spelled out as...
- To grow and mature in Christian grace and character
- To shoulder the joint responsibility of edifying one another
- To affirm and honour the Spirit of Christ within every believer
- To participate, not just be a spectator
- To fulfill the reason for gathering: the fellowship and self-edification of the body
- To be a vital part of a caring fellowship of believers
- To take part in personal exchange and meaningful interaction
- To seek to listen to and apply what the Apostle Paul taught and tried so hard to foster in the gatherings of the saints –all of the above. (Fellowship, edification, genuine and sincere love and care for one another.)
‘As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God’. 1 Peter 4:10,
‘How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.’ 1 Cor. 14:26. (Emphasis mine)·
'From whom (Jesus, the Head of the church) the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplies, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part , makes increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.' Ephesians 4:16.
'Why Gather?' this is a discussion of this all important question and what the Bible teaches us about the need for true fellowship that is simple and unstructured. This document is available in full on this site simply by clicking this link and it will open in your web browser >>> Why Gather?.
You may also like to read, 'Church, the Great Deception': This explains the origin of the institutional organisation with it's hierarchy of ordained 'clergy' and structured leadership called by this completely deceptive word, 'church'. This is available for download from Dropbox by clicking this link: 'Church the Great Deception'
I would also like to suggest you read this article: 'The modern church is Constantine’s model'. I cannot give you the author's name, but it is well worth reading and is a thoroughly comprehensive summation in great detail of the deception expressed in all that is called 'church' today. To access click: 'The modern church...'
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Dropbox: There are many useful articles Posted on Dropbox. To visit click: Articles on Dropbox
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CIF Blog: Also check out our CIF Blog for inspirational and teaching articles published approximately every two weeks on this site. An older blogsite, you might also like to visit may be found here: The Most Important Thing in the World Blog
Beyond our shores...
We encourage you to visit and support Water For Prosperity -a New Zealand based Charitable Trust that is a division of The International Church of Nelson involved in drilling wells in Africa to help seriously disadvantaged communities access life-giving water. To find out more visit their website: www.waterforprosperity.org/