Fellowship and Chastity
Fellowship is being with others in ways that help us grow in our faith, engaging in common activities of worship, study, prayer, celebration and service with other disciples. This is engaging in covenant community with God’s family, letting God grow us up in faith as we do so.
Chastity is purposely turning away from dwelling upon or engaging in the sexual dimension of our relationships to others – even our husbands or wives. It relates to fellowship since its opposite, lust, is an anti-intimacy, anti-fellowship, anti-community sin, and prevents us from seeing others as a brother or sister in Christ. Chastity can even include husband and wife abstaining from the sexual side of their relationship for a time in order to focus on prayer, for example, and the rest of the time, totally focusing our sexual lives on our spouses.