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PostSubject: Fellowship   Fellowship EmptySat Oct 17, 2009 6:24 pm

The Biblical Definition of Fellowship

In Acts 2:42 we read that one of the four things the early church devoted itself to was “fellowship.” Fellowship was a very important part of their reason for meeting together. It was one of their objectives. But what is fellowship?

We often hear people talking about fellowship. We hear it said that what we need is more fellowship. But our modern ideas of fellowship have become so watered down that the word no longer carries the same meaning it did in New Testament times.

We are not surprised that the early church devoted itself to “the apostles’ teaching” and also “to prayer.” Apart from the ministry of the Holy Spirit, these are the two most important means of growth, power, and effectiveness in the Christian life and this is everywhere evident in the rest of Scripture.

But Luke tells us these early Christians also devoted themselves to fellowship. They just didn’t have fellowship; they devoted themselves to it. This means that fellowship was a priority and one of the objectives for gathering together. They made fellowship a priority.

Today, however, we often view fellowship as what we do in “fellowship hall.” It’s the place where we have casual conversations and savor coffee and donuts. This is not bad and can contribute to fellowship, but it falls far short of fellowship according to biblical standards and according to the meaning and use of the Greek words for fellowship.

True fellowship involves getting together for spiritual purposes: for sharing needs, for prayer, for discussing and sharing the Word to encourage, comfort, and edify one another.” And you are right. This certainly is an aspect of Christian fellowship, and one much more important than the first idea. It is an area of fellowship that is often lacking in the church today and one that needs to be remedied. But even this does not comprehend or grasp the full and rich meaning of “fellowship” in the New Testament.

Christian fellowship according to the Word of God and the words for fellowship as they are used in the New Testament?

Greek Words for Fellowship
The Koinwn Words
(1) Koinos (the root word)
Koinh means common. Koinwnia comes from koinos which means “common, mutual, public.” It refers to that which is held in common.
(2) Koinwnia (n) and Koinwneo (vb) (primary words)
There are two main ideas with this word:
(a) “to share together, take part together” in the sense of partnership or participation, and
(b) “to share with” in the sense of giving to others. As we will see, there are four key ideas that come out of these two meanings according to New Testament usage.

In the New Testament, what is shared in common is shared first of all because of a common relationship that we all have together in Christ. Koinwnia was an important word to both John and Paul, but it was never used in merely a secular sense. It always had a spiritual significance and base. The idea of an earthly fellowship founded upon just common interests, human nature, physical ties like in a family, or from church affiliation was really rather foreign to the apostles.

Acts 2:42-47
The New Testament usage according to sentence construction refers to:

And all those who had believed were together, and had all things in common; and they began selling their property and possessions, and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need. And day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, praising God, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.

(a) the thing shared in common in some way by all parties involved as relationships, blessings or burdens, privileges, or responsibilities (all believers in Christ share many things in common);
(b) the person(s) doing the sharing with others;
(c) the person(s) with whom there is sharing; and
(d) an abstract quality of the concept of fellowship, with no object, used alone.

Fellowship is a relationship of inner unity among believers that expresses itself in outer co-participation with Christ and one another in accomplishing God’s will on earth.

It is not just being together but doing together. It is not just doing anything together but it is working together to accomplish God’s will.

Fellowship Is God’s Wayof Accomplishing His Plan of Glorifying Christ

Fellowship is first the sharing together in a common life with other believers through relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Fellowship is first and foremost a relationship, rather than an activity. The principle is that any activity that follows, should come out of the relationship.

1 Corinthians 12
Makes it clear that every single member of the body is necessary for its proper functioning. Because of the importance of fellowship, no one has the right to amputate themselves from the functioning body of Christ.
So, then, we see that the practice of fellowship, the outward exercise of our inner unity in doing God’s will, is not only natural but indispensable in accomplishing God’s purpose for the church. How, then, can we practice fellowship?

With the unity of the Holy Spirit and a divine purpose, let everyone practice fellowship as naturally as did those on the day of Pentecost that the many-faceted wisdom of God might be made known through this church until God’s plan is complete.

Hebrew 10:24
And let us consider how we may SPUR ONE ANOTHER on toward LOVE and GOOD deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER - and all the more as you see the DAY approaching.
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PostSubject: Re: Fellowship   Fellowship EmptyTue Oct 20, 2009 2:02 pm

so are we doing the right thing???...i think our fellowship have room to improve...is good i felt the encouragement by telling us to keep reading the bible...i think the biggest problem i have is i rarely read it...so i have nothin to share i guess....

ya...today i willl read some....lets see what will happen..
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PostSubject: Re: Fellowship   Fellowship EmptyThu Oct 22, 2009 11:46 pm

hi i'm here !
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