HOLY HABITS 2: Fellowship

HOLY HABITS 2: Fellowship

‘Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it’.            1 Cor. 12:27

Fellowship’, from the Greek ‘koinonia’ is what we share in common as the basis of partnership or community. Fellowship is friendship or companionship based on shared interests or a shared aim.

In Greek; ‘κοινωνία’

Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine
Transliteration: koinónia
Phonetic Spelling: (koy-nohn-ee'-ah)
Usage: (lit: partnership) (a) contributory help, participation, (b) sharing in, communion, (c) spiritual fellowship, a fellowship in the spirit.

 

The first appearance of koinonia in the New Testament is in Acts 2:42; ‘And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.’

 

The new Christians discovered that, despite the fact that they came from all classes of society, all races and all backgrounds, they had a profound bond with each other which was a share in God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Their faith was profoundly practical and deeply relational and meant that they began to view each other as family; they became a fellowship.

 

In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul wrote about the Church fellowship as a body; ‘Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptised by one Spirit so as to form one body – whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free – and we were all given the one Spirit to drink’.

 

Our Christian faith is not simply a private, personal affair, because it unites us to one another through Christ and is at its most enriching and life-giving when experienced in Fellowship and community with each other and with God. ‘Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them’ (Matthew 18:20, KJV).

 

We should be careful not to confuse Fellowship which have formed such strong relationships and bonds that it is very difficult for others to be welcomed and embraced within them. Fellowship/koinonia by its very definition is a celebration both of loving gracious relationships and of welcoming open-heartedness towards others.

Fellowship - Jenny Tebboth
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  • Speak to someone you don’t know well after each church service this month.

  • Save the date of our Church ReTREAT day (June 22) and plan to be together with the church family for a day of Fellowship. 

  • Notice who is missing from the fellowship today and give them a call.

  • Choose to pray for another church member daily each week.

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