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Topic: Fellowship (among believers) (10/11/07)
By Frank Salerni
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Can you remember back to when a popular music group was on the scene named Koinonia? They were great musicians; they had great tunes, and a great name. It wasn’t until some time later when I asked someone, “What’s there name mean?”
To my surprise it was a Greek word that meant fellowship.
I’ve always been fascinated by word meanings. We may think we know what the word means, but often we find that it is very superficial. This is one of those words that Christians kick around meaning to, “get together,” but it goes deeper than that.
What is Koinonia? It is a Greek word that does primarily mean fellowship. It is sharing. It is to be in common communion. The very heart of Koinonia is prayer and the breaking of bread together.
Christian believers are to love one another, share their faith with one another, and to be an encouragement to one another. It is the same as when the apostles got together in Acts 2:42. “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.”
Koinonia is first experienced in Jesus Christ, and then we can fellowship with one another in the same spirit.
Have you ever read 1st John 1:6-7? To me it is the most powerful of all when it comes to true fellowship… not just coffee and donuts after the Sunday morning service. (Not that I don’t look forward to the goodies.)
It says this. “If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.”
If we practice true fellowship we will do all that scripture commands us to do for one another.
Take the time to look up all of the scriptures, (and there are many,) which have to do with koinonia, fellowship, and loving one another. If you do I promise it will be a great start to true fellowship, and possibly change your approach to coming together in Christ.
Church may never be the same, and that’s a good thing, because we should never forget that church is the people… not the building.
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