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Fellowship

What is Fellowship?  It is not a gathering at the church where people partake of a covered dish supper!

The word "Fellowship" comes to us from the Greek word, "Koinonia" meaning, "That which is in common."  It is a unique partnership or union among the members (brothers and sisters) in the local church who share a special relationship and bond with Jesus Christ and each other.  The following are some ways in which fellowship is displayed:

 

-          Relationship with God – 1 John 5ff; Ephesians 2:19-22; John 15:1-5

-          Membership in the Local Church – Acts 2:42; Col. 1:18

-          Baptism as a sign and means of membership - Matthew 28:19-20

-          Lord’s Supper as a sign of our unity with Christ – 1 Cor. 11:23ff

-          Partnership in the Gospel – 2 Cor. 8:4

-          Realizing we are "One Body with Many Parts," each dependent upon the others – 1 Cor. 12:12ff

-          Utilization of our Spiritual Gifts for the benefit of the Kingdom – Romans 12:4-8, 1 Peter 4:10-11

-          Fervent in Prayer - James 5:16

-          Meeting regularly for times of prayer, worship, instruction, encouragement, & strengthening

        - 1 Corinthians 14:26 

-      Edifying & building each other up - 1 Thessalonians 5:11

-      Not forsaking the gathering together of the church – Hebrews 10:25

-          Practicing Hospitality – 1 Peter 4:9

-          Dealing with Conflict in a Biblical manner – Mt. 18:15-17

-          Judging & Disciplining of members – 1 Cor. 5:2, 12

-      Preserving Peace & Mutual Edification - Romans 12:18, 14:19

-      Reaching unity in the faith, knowledge of the Son of God, becoming spiritually mature, & attaining the full  measure of the fullness of Christ. - Ephesians 4:12