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What Is Fellowship?
5/31/2011

What Is Fellowship?

God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. 1 Corinthians 1:9 (NKJV)

What do you think of when you hear the word, Fellowship?  For some people this word brings to mind the gathering of family - perhaps at a picnic or holiday, to meet and have a meal together and to spend time with each other and catch up on what is going on in their respective lives.  For others, fellowship represents the body of believers.  The dictionary defines fellowship as "the Sharing of experiences,"  "A group of like-minded people," or "Companionship."

Q:    What does the Bible have to say about fellowship?

The word fellowship is predominantly found in the New Testament of the Bible where it is derived from the Greek word, koinonia, "koy-nohn-ee´-ah."  Koinonia embraces the same thought as our English words, community, communion, joint participation, sharing, and intimacy.  

As Christian believers, we are part of Gods family - we are the community of the faithful.  And as such we can now share an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.  Not only are we to share this relationship with Jesus, but with every other part of the family of God - our Christian brothers and sisters.  This is exactly why we meet together at Church, Bible studies, and Home fellowships.  In essence this is exactly what the life of each and every believer within the Church today should be all about.  God has provided us with an example as recorded in the Book of Acts.

And they continued steadfastly in the apostles doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles.  Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need. So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved. Acts 2:42-47 (NKJV)

So we can clearly see fellowship entails our caring and sharing with other believers - not simply ideas or dreams.   It entails our sharing everything with those who make up the family of God because we care.  This happens when we fully understand we are one body of believers made up of many parts (1Cor. 12:20).  We share one heart and one soul with God and with each other.

Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common. Acts 4:32 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you today to think about this word fellowship.   Think about what it means biblically, and then allow God to change how you fellowship with other believers.  God has a plan to use you mightily in the lives of others.  It will cost you just as it cost Jesus, but this is what being Christ-like is all about - this is fellowship. There is a powerful message of both unity and family within fellowship - it testifies of our relationship with Jesus and it draws others to Him as well.  

STUDY QUESTION: According to the Scriptures contained within this devotional, what is fellowship entail?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to fellowship with other members of the church in the way God intended?

APPLICATION: Seek the Lord to guide you into good healthy fellowship with other believers.  Find things you can do to serve the body as unto the Lord (Col. 3:23).

Father, thank You for allowing me to have fellowship with Your Son Jesus.  Help me to fully understand what true fellowship is Lord.  Help me to see others as You do.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott
 


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