The 'act' of worship is a type of fellowship with God like making love is a type of fellowship with your wife. Lots of scriptural parallels for that. However our spiritual worship is also to be living sacrifices, which is not at all about fellowship, but about intent and lifestyle.
Maybe the statement needs to either define what it really means, or broaden out it's intent.
I don't know the context of the statement, but I wonder if the intended meaning was more like, "being in worship together is a form of fellowship among Christians." "Fellowship" with each other that occurs as a result of our "adoration" of God.
'We know Worship is a type of fellowship'......... I have never really thought of worship as a type of fellowship. I tend to think that music within a congregation can be a type of fellowship, but the act of worship is personal. It's wonderful of course when all voices are raised in adoration to our God, but I guess I think of worship as being more about being in fellowship with God. I think that during our offering of worship the Holy Spirit is in there with us, inspiring us and helping us to worship, and as the Holy Spirit is part of the Godhead, I can't see how we can't be in fellowship with God.
If you look at the usual meaning of the English word, fellowship is understood as something that is shared among equals. I think we can agree that in no way are we "equal" with God, nor do any of our interests, ideals, or experiences even come close to His interests, ideals, or experiences.
I can understand that people want to feel that God is their "friend", but we really don't even know what that would look like. Moses was called a "friend of God", yet he couldn't even look at God when He passed by on the mountain.
Yes, we are in God's presence when we worship Him, but we are not His equals.
You are right in some point. We ourself can't be equal with God. But God had made us equal, by placing His spirit in us, so we can fellowship with Him. 1 Corinthians 3:16"Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in you?"
And God called us to have fellowship with Him. 1 Corinthians 1:9 "God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful."
And our fellowship is in the Lord. 1 John 1:3 "We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ."
And even in our fellowship with our fellow believers, God is there to fellowship together. Matthew 18:20 "For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.”
We do not need and can never be equal to God. But He is the one who make a way for us to Him, through Jesus, who humble Himself greatly to become a human, so that we can go to God. Prayer is also a kind of fellowship with God, where we are able to talk to God.
Yep, prayer is also a kind of fellowship with God, and it has to be remembered that the conversation is not one-sided and that God talks back to us.
I think that if you wish to take the word 'fellowship' literally and define the meaning of the word, that's Ok, but I don't believe that anyone is is saying that we are equal to God. The word 'equal' can also mean 'the same' but of course none of us are the same. We are all equal in the sense that no one is better than anyone else, but we are also unique individuals worshipping from our own hearts and not through the hearts of others whom we may be in fellowship with.
I would have no hesitation in saying that 'God is my Friend'. A loving caring God in whom I can put all trust, depend upon, talk to about anything and even get angry with from time to time has got to be the bestest friend ever.
Looking at examples of human interaction with God in the Scriptures is interesting. I am thinking primarily of Isaiah's vision of heaven described in Isa. 6; Peter's interaction with Jesus in Mt 5; Peter, John & James on the mount of transfiguration in Mt 17, Lk 9 & Mk 9. In each case, God initiated some degree of "fellowship" i.e. - "interaction" by revealing something of Himself, and in each case, the the recipients of that revelation responded in awe-filled, life-changing worship - worship that starts with an awareness of our unworthiness, grows with our understanding of God's decision and actions to make us worthy in His sight, issues forth in thankful praise and adoration, and develops into a life of service. Those narratives are described well by Rom 12:1, 2. I think that worship and and fellowship are different facets of the same diamond that is our relationship to God - they feed on one another in a synergistic way, and when one is marred in any way, it is reflected in a diminishment of the other.
I appreciate Brandon's comments below re: God giving us status and value that enables us to fellowship with Him - that is our birthright in Christ!
Wow what a discussion this has turned out to be Glory To God
Worship is indeed fellowship with God and not man !!!!!!