Why “Fellowship” Is More Than A PotluckWritten by 9th Avenue Church of Christ on May 01, 2016 in - No Comments
A. Welcome to “Care and Share Day” 2016. This is a day where we strive to grow in more unity and enjoy times of fellowship with a large portion of our 9th Avenue family.
B. While it is not wrong to have a circle of friends with whom we are closer, we should always strive to develop and deepen relationships with all members of our church family.
C. The concept of “fellowship” is often reduced to a meal, but the New Testament concept is a very deep idea and one that would help every congregation if lived out.
a. Acts 2:42, “fellowship” translates the Greek word koinonia. Other places it is found (and translated differently) include Romans 15:26, 1 Corinthians 10:16, 2 Corinthians 8:4, Philippians 1:5, Philippians 3:10.
b. The word means association and community, but also “exhibiting an embodiment of
something,” and even “intimacy.”
c. We are to have this fellowship with the Godhead (1 John 1:3; 1 Corinthians 1:9; 2 Corinthians 13:14), and each other (1 John 1:7).
d. There should never be a sense in which the church gets “too large;” instead, we should see every new member as someone else with whom we can share our lives daily!
II. Living Koinonia Daily
a. Acts 2:42 states the early Christians were “devoting themselves” to these things, including fellowship.
b. The following verses show us four ways we can live this out in our daily walk.
i. They were together (Acts 2:44).
ii. They took care of each other (Acts 2:44-45).
iii. They worshiped and studied together (Acts 2:46).
iv. They visited each other (Acts 2:46).
c. And the result was that other people noticed. They had “favor with all the people” (Acts 2:47).
A. The result of this type of congregational life was growth: “And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved” (Acts 2:47; cf. John 13:35).
B. True fellowship—when properly understood and lived out daily by all members—is the very lifeblood of a congregation.